Air Check: Playoff Excitement

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.

Air Check is where we highlight the best and worst of NBA broadcasts.

The season is on the line with every playoff game. Every quarter, every possession means so much. So clearly, players, coaches and fans are going to get emotional.

Broadcasters, both national and local, get emotional too.

The Kevin Harlan experience

I think Kevin Harlan likes Chris “Bird Man” Andersen, because he goes a little over the top with this call on a Bird Man put-back dunk in Game 1 of Heat-Bucks.

“Oh, here comes the Bird Man! Flapping his wings and soaring for a sweet flush! When you’re aerodynamically designed with that hair-do you can do those kinds of things … with that sweet mohawk. It helps him fly.”

But that’s Kevin Harlan, and that’s why we love him.

Stacey G. Excited

Not to be outdone, Bulls color man Stacey King has a flair of his own. And it comes out in full force when Jimmy Butler gets the hoop and the harm on this fast break in Game 4 of Nets-Bulls.

“Give it to me, Jimmy G. Buckets! The ‘G’ stands for ‘Gets!'”


  1. Realdeeal says:

    Everyone have the right to have a preference and root for whatever team they want. Even commentators too have their favorite. It doesn’t make the NBA “rigged”.

  2. Realdeeal says:

    What kind of non sense is this? the NBA is by no means rigged. You don’t know what you’re talking about.

  3. Dafuq says:

    The NBA is rigged as hell thats why commentators express so much emotion for CERTAIN teams

  4. Stephisbeast says:

    Doesn’t compare to “CURRY FOR THREE…. BANG! HUMAN TORCH MODE!”

  5. JO says:

    Bird Man is COoooooOL

  6. basketball geek says:

    i hate kevin harlan

  7. TTKIN says:

    Anyone else think it’s weird to see grown men running down a court flapping their arms like wings? I think the Heat are a little friendlier in the lockeroom than they let on. But that’s cool.

  8. #BullsFanDan says:

    Who did it? “The Butler did it”!!! Stacey and Neil Funk are the best broadcasters in the league!

  9. Flamboyant Flamingo says:

    Jimmy is a G.

  10. mee(a)t says:

    that awkward moment where you start flapping you’re arms whenever Chris Anderson makes a dunk