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Richard Deitsch
February 04, 2002
Since legendary Los Angeles Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn, 85, underwent open heart surgery on Dec. 19,2001 (he had called 3,338 consecutive L.A. games), Paul Sunderland, the Fox Sports Net and NBC broadcaster, has filled in as the team's play-by-play voice. Last week we caught up with Sunderland.
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February 04, 2002

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Sunderland: I should have known. People forget replacements, don't they?

SI: Your wife, Maud-Ann, is a former Swedish fencing champion. Did you play a lot of Abba when you were courting her?

Sunderland: When I was courting her, Abba wasn't big-time yet. But with her being a Swedish fencing champion, Abba was the least of my worries.

SI: You were a member of the U.S. Olympic volleyball squad that won the gold medal in 1984. Have you ever wished that your name was Karch Kiraly?

Sunderland: No, I'm proud of my name, but I would have liked to have played like Karch just for a day.

SI: Have you ever done anything 3,338 consecutive times?

Sunderland: Gone to bed at night.

SI: Who's the better-looking couple: Rick Fox and Vanessa Williams or Phil Jackson and Jeanie Buss?

Sunderland: (silence)

SI: Is that your answer?

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