HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — For NBA fans, 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 a few things from the last few weeks that made us laugh, made us smarter, or made us shake our heads.
4. No Bambi either
Game: Memphis @ Houston, March 30
The Rockets appear to be happy with the acquisition of Marcus Camby, as evidenced by Bill Worrell‘s call on this late-game put-back against the Grizzlies…
One complaint about that call … Neither Worrell nor Matt Bullard gives any credit to Patrick Patterson, who initially kept the play alive with his effort on the glass.
3. Ignorance is their schtick
Game: Memphis @ L.A. Clippers, Feb. 24
In the last edition of Air Check, we played a Clippers clip where play-by-play man Ralph Lawler acted like he couldn’t believe that J.J. Barea was dating a former Ms. Universe. Well, apparently ignorance is a punch line in L.A., because check out what Lawler and partner Michael Smith had to say when O.J. Mayo and Hamed Haddadi went to check in late in the second quarter…
Is this just two guys having fun because Haddadi is an unknown from the end of the bench? No. In case you forget, Lawler and Smith were suspended a game for offensive comments about Haddadi two seasons ago.
So now, the two men are apparently making fun of their suspension for making offensive comments. OK, then…
2. Possession is nine tenths of a rebound
Game: L.A. Lakers @ Dallas, Feb. 21
ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy likes to challenge conventional thinking and established rules. That can be a good thing sometimes, like when he challenged the idea of taking a player out of the game as soon as he picks up a second foul. But in arguing with Mike Tirico about who should get credit on a tipped offensive rebound, does Van Gundy have a point?
1. Offensive play-by-play
Game: Atlanta @ Philadelphia, Feb. 21
Question for NBA play-by-play guys: Why don’t you wait to see the replay before proclaiming that an official’s call was “ridiculously bad”?
Lou Williams was clearly moving when Jeff Teague ran into him, which Sixers analyst Malik Rose seems to realize as he watches the replay, though he still says that Teague got “bailed out.” Meanwhile, play-by-play man Marc Zumoff apparently stands by his “ridiculously bad” call.
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).