Stephen Dean “Steve” Bardo is mostly known as retired professional basketball player and many considered him as one the controversial analyst. Born on April 5, 1968, Henderson, Kentucky Bardo played a guard position during his basketball career. His dad, Harold Bardo is a director of SIU school of medicine and also looks after clock at southern Illinois games. Born and raised in Kentucky, Bardo completed his high school from Carbondale and he earned his college degree from Illinois(1986-1990).He retired from basketball in 2000 and he is currently associated with CBS sports, Big Ten Network and ESPN as a color analyst.


He started his playing career in 1990 from the university of Illinois where he scored 909 points and assisted 495 times. He played NCCA men’s basketball tournament Final Four representing his team Flyin ‘Illini. At the first year of his career, Bardo was listed in Big Ten defensive player of the year in 1989. During 1990 NBA Draft, he was signed by the Atlanta Hawks but he did not play any game for the team, just played one minute in one game against San Antonio Spurs. He also played for Detroit Pistons and Dallas Mavericks. During his career, Bardo traveled various part of the world to represent the different team. He played in France (Levallois), Italy(Teamsystem Fabriano), Spain(Joventut Badalona), Japan, Venezuela and the CBA( Quad City Thunder) during his 10 years long professional career.

In 2000 Bardo retired from professional basketball but he could not keep himself far from sports so he started to work as a broadcaster which allows him to observe basketball more closely. He has served in WBBM-TV as a color analyst, served CBS Sports as an analyst and reporter and worked with ESPN as color analyst for college basketball.


Versatile Bardo has authored one book named How To Make The League Without Picking Up The Rock, The untold story of One of college Basketball, which he wrote addressing curious fans about what happened 25 years ago and about his relationship with Lou Henson. He has also gained an identity as a motivational speaker. Recently in May 2015, he publicly criticized athletic department of University of Illinois pointing the lack of diversity among head coaches which gained enough media attention to put him in controversy.

    “For some reason I love WCC Basketball. I noticed that the SD-St. Mary’s game went into double overtime (don’t ask why I recorded it) so I decided to watch this morning. I wasn’t even a minute in when I wanted to throw my breakfast burrito at the screen.”


While talking about his personal life there is the only information that he his married to a woman named Lesile and has a son named Steven Jr. There is no any information about whether he has other children with her or not. With a height of 6’5’’ and weight of 86kg, Bardon has gigantic body structure and well-maintained body physique. Currently, he seems to be enjoying his retired life with son and wife.