Air Check: The Proper Way To Complain

HANG TIME NEW JERSEY BUREAU — For NBA fans like us, there’s nothing better than League Pass. Having the ability to watch every game every night (and then again the next day) is heaven.

Of course, with local broadcasts, you get local broadcasters, which can be good and bad. It can be good, because these guys know their teams better than most national broadcasters. It can be bad, because these guys love their teams more than most national broadcasters. And they’re usually not afraid to show that love.

This season, we’re going to highlight the good, the bad and the ugly of League Pass here on the Hang Time Blog. So here are five things from the last two weeks that made us laugh, made us smarter or made us shake our heads.

No. 5 – Tell us how you really feel about the guy
Game: Indiana @ Philadelphia, Jan. 9
Broadcast: Philadelphia
At the close of the third quarter, the Pacers have a chance for a final shot. But apparently, Sixers play-by-play man Mark Zumoff doesn’t think much of the player they’ve chosen to bring the ball up the floor …

No. 4 – Look out!
Game: New Jersey @ Toronto, Jan. 6
Broadcast: New Jersey
Nets play-by-play man Ian Eagle is one of the best in the biz. He calls the game without bias, throws in a few catch-phrases and has a sense of humor. Here he and Jim Spanarkel have a little fun with the Raptors’ 3-D floor graphic that has had us all a little bewildered at the start of the season…

No. 3 – Ummm … what?
Game: Denver @ San Antonio, Jan. 7
Broadcast: San Antonio
Richard Jefferson makes two huge plays, blocking Ty Lawson on one end, and then draining a three on the other. When Denver calls a timeout, Spurs color commentator Sean Elliott gets all articulate …

No. 2 – Coaches who want to win are the best.
Game: Memphis @ Utah, Jan. 6
Broadcast: Utah
Near the end of Utah’s third straight victory, Jazz color analyst Matt Harpring heaps praise on head coach Tyrone Corbin, who is apparently different from other coaches …

Harpring loves seeing coaches who want to win … as opposed to coaches who’d prefer to lose?

No. 1 – The proper way to complain about a call.
Game: Orlando @ Sacramento, Jan. 8
Broadcast: Sacramento
When we’re watching games on League Pass, we’ll often hear broadcasters complain about calls that go against their team. For the most part, these complaints can be annoying. But when Bill Walton made one of his rare appearances as the Kings color commentator, he complains in a way that’s hard to complain about …

If Walton was the Kings’ full-time analyst, he’d be on this list every week.

If you hear anything on a broadcast that deserves mention in this space, send us an e-mail, with the details (game, quarter, clock time).


  1. Paul Jones says:

    Hubie is the best

  2. shaun says:

    I like listening to Hubie Brown. Gives good insight into plays that are happening which you don’t always get from commentators. However, the general bias that I hear league wide makes me sick.

    • Bob says:

      What about mike rice and mike barrett? those guys can call it like it is and are hilarious.

      • SUPERSONICS FAN says:

        love the Blazers commentators.. especially when the blazers play bad or do something stupis LMAO

  3. Mega Freak says:

    I’ve enjoyed Brian Davis and Grant Long for the Thunder. They love the team but they’re willing to admit to fouls and bad play.

  4. JibberJab says:

    the best in the biz are stacey king and neil funk. Actually not funk, hes to biased but kings funny as hell. Word

  5. Jones17 says:

    The most annoying has to be the dude who commentates for the Lakers. This may be because i’ve heard him 300 times compared to others.

    1 of the most biased i have noticed is the Celtics guy. 3 or 4 games against different teams, he just decides Celts should have every foul call and never give free throws when they hack someone else. Kobe got knocked over after being hit on the elbow by 1 guy and the head by another covering defender and the commentator was screaming no foul. Replays clearly showed otherwise, yet as he watched them, wouldn’t back down. Unbelievable.

    • BigP says:

      That’s so true I hate those broadcasters who say every call against their them is wrong and stuff…celtics guy is one of the worst in that regard

  6. Haziq says:

    Matt Harpring and Bolerjack are great, Harpring loves his Jazz but is always honest in the end concerning their play. I’ve always like the Raptors commentators, the Nets have good ones but the rest can be a bit boring.