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
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
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
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).