Air Check: We’re All So Proud

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.

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No. 5 – Not quite.
Game: Houston @ Portland, Feb. 8
Broadcast: Portland
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
Broadcast: Chicago
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
Broadcast: Cleveland
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
Broadcast: Minnesota
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.”

OK then….

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).


  1. Liz says:

    What makes you think that the commentators for the nationally televised games are any less annoying. I have to mute every game that Van Gundy is commenting on because he’s obnoxious. And every time they say the phrase “you got to give them credit” I want to scream.

  2. Helpingverbs says:

    Kahn is the smartest man in the room. Oh..and Love has more 30-20’s than Superman and Kobe combined..and what is wrong with being proud again?

  3. kje23 says:

    I don’t get what’s so bad about what Peterson said about Love. He’s stepped his game up and saying that as a fanbase we’re proud of him isn’t over-the-top at all. Get over yourself.

  4. kbmask says:

    god i miss chick hearn

  5. cheezgonebad says:

    anything clyde drexler says, forget who he broadcasts for though. also mavs tend to get annoying.

  6. prix says:

    The commentators sometimes can get so annoying especially if they start to argue about there wives…Kobe or Lebron..Paul or Rose..Blake or Love..or even L.A Fans or Boston