Former Cleveland Cavs center and current analyst Brad Daugherty is set to shine on “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” this Tuesday night on HBO and streaming on MAX. While Daugherty’s basketball days are long gone, his impact in another sport is receiving attention.
As a player, Daugherty surprised Cavs fans with his love for NASCAR and his admiration for racing legend Richard Petty. “No one understood it. No one understood it,” Daugherty shares with “Real Sports” correspondent Jonathan Jones. “But I would explain it to people and talk to people all the time. They just don’t get it. They don’t get it.”
Despite being a 7-foot Black dude from North Carolina, a basketball mecca, Daugherty’s family had a deep-rooted passion for racing. This love eventually led him to become the first Black owner of a race team to win the Daytona 500, NASCAR’s premier event.
For those lucky enough to have access to HBO, the 12-minute interview promises to be captivating. Daugherty reveals the challenges he faced in entering NASCAR team ownership (spoiler: it wasn’t easy) and how his NBA rivalry with Michael Jordan, who often thwarted the Cavs in the playoffs, has carried over to racing.
Don’t miss this historic moment as Brad Daugherty’s Daytona 500 team win receives well-deserved recognition on HBO.