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.
The national guys aren’t perfect either. And if they’re not careful, they may be featured here, where we highlight the best and worst of NBA broadcasts.
For all non-ABC games in the first round of the playoffs, fans have the option of watching the national broadcast (ESPN, TNT, NBA TV) or their local broadcast. And we here at NBA.com have the privilege of listening to what both sets of local broadcasters have to say about a particular play.
So the following play (a double foul called on Blake Griffin and Zach Randolph in Game 2 of Grizz-Clips on Tuesday) is presented without commentary, just a transcription of the conflicting comments made about the same play…
The Memphis perspective
Brevin Knight: “[Griffin] wraps his arms around Zach … Zach Randolph has two hands in the air. I don’t know how you even foul like that?
Pete Pranica: “It appears as Griffin initiated the contact and Randolph was just trying to protect himself.”
Knight: “And has both hands up. I don’t know how Zach Randolph gets called for a foul with both hands in the air. That’s impossible for that to happen.”
The L.A. perspective
Michael Smith: “I think if we see the replay, you’ll see that Blake blocks him out. Watch what happens afterwards. What does Blake Griffin do wrong there? What does he do wrong? … Watch right there where Zach is hanging on and pulling him back.”