In her third season as the Trail Blazers Sideline Reporter, Brooke Olzendam is enjoying her time in Rip City.
On this week’s Scoop Podcast I get to know more about Brooke and her broadcasting journey.
On the road
With the Trail Blazers broadcasting crew being such a close-knit group, it’s easy for Brooke to talk about how great it is traveling with them as well as Kevin Calabro and Lamar Hurd. There are several great road trip stories including late night casino stops!
Blazer fans are the best fans
Since Brooke has traveled all around the country and been to all of the NBA arenas, there’s one thing she has come to realize about Trail Blazer fans—They know their team and they always want to hear more about what’s going on with their team.
Having a great support system
The Olzendam family has always been really supportive of Brooke’s broadcasting and athletic careers. It’s great hearing all the stories of Brooke’s childhood and her love for sports.
Spoiler Alert: Brooke played soccer for five years starting when she was five years old and her team NEVER won a game. You can tell by talking to her this was devastating.
Probably the toughest question I throw at Brooke is--- If you could go back and change one thing about your sideline reporting career what would it be?
She gave a very thoughtful answer about her decision in becoming the Indiana Pacers sideline reporter back in 2011.
Hard Hitting Questions
I ask the question that’s been on everyone’s mind:
What’s the deal with Pierre the Pelican always trying to scare the crap out of you?
Yes, Brooke is always on the lookout when she’s in New Orleans, but she told me that as long as Blaze the Trail Cat loves her that’s all that matters.
And, is Brooke a dog person or a cat person?? Wait until you hear her answer!
For Brooke, seeing Zach Collins’ development has been fun to watch. She feels that at just 20 years old his maturity is off the charts. After talking with Zach’s father, Mike Collins, last season, Brooke realized just how determined Zach is to become one of the greatest big men in Trail Blazer history.
Hear from the ‘Queen of Rip City’ in the link below in this week’s Scoop Podcast.