HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — 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 highlighting the good, the bad and the ugly of League Pass here on the Hang Time Blog. So here are five things from the last few weeks that made us laugh, made us smarter or made us shake our heads.
No. 5 – Not quite.
Game: Houston @ Portland, Feb. 8
It’s refreshing when a local analyst says that his own team should have been called for a foul. But when Mike Rice compares a little contact from LaMarcus Aldridge to Kevin Love‘s face stomp of Luis Scola a few days earlier, he gets an appropriate reaction from Mike Barrett.
You’ve gotta love Barrett rolling straight into the play-by-play after dismissing Rice’s comparison with a subtle “Not quite.”
No. 4 – That was so 26 seconds ago.
Game: Sacramento @ Chicago, Feb. 14
You know we had to include Stacey King in Air Check sooner or later. And his reaction to a Taj Gibson dunk gave us a great reason to do it …
No. 3 – J.J. Barea is not Mr. Universe
Game: Minnesota @ L.A. Clippers, Feb. 28
Broadcast: L.A. Clippers
When Clippers color analyst Michael Smith notes that J.J. Barea is dating former Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera, play-by-play man Ralph Lawler can’t believe it…
No. 2 – The Do-Over.
Game: Sacramento @ Cleveland, Feb. 19
Watching a broadcast where the announcers don’t know a simple rule can be pretty painful. Here, the Kings are down 93-92 with 0.4 seconds left. Tyreke Evans‘ inbounds pass hits the rim, the clock starts, and the buzzer goes off before Marcus Thornton retrieves the ball. At that point, Fred McLeod and Austin Carr celebrate a win for the Cavs, and are incredulous when the officials put 0.4 back on the clock and start the play over.
The officials made the right call to give the Kings another chance, because the clock shouldn’t have started until the ball touched a player. Listening to McLeod and Carr, you would think that it should have started when the ball hit the rim … and you would be wrong.
No. 1 – Over the top praise.
Game: Indiana @ Minnesota, Feb. 1
Kevin Love is a great player who deserves praise on every broadcast. But Wolves color analyst Jim Peterson goes a little too far as we watch Love’s first-quarter highlights against the Pacers …
“His parents have to be so proud of him … I know we are. We are so proud of the way this guy plays.”
If you hear anything on a broadcast that deserves mention in this space next time, send us an e-mail, with the details (game, quarter, clock time).