Air Check: Have A Seat

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.

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

Please remain standing

When the Warriors visited the Lakers last Friday, ESPN’s Jeff Van Gundy was excited to get the game started. In fact, he was so excited about watching the pace that the Lakers like to play at, he sat down to watch a little too early…

Nice job by Mike Breen for calling Van Gundy out, rather than letting that moment hang awkwardly.

“You gonna sit down already?”

Isn’t that your job?

When the Lakers played the Wizards on Wednesday, the subject of Kobe Bryant‘s contract extension came up on the Washington broadcast.

Both Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier have a little fun with Bryant’s pay cut.

Buckhantz: “He will earn $30.4 million this year, so he’s actually taking more than a 20 percent pay cut, Phil. I hope he can eat!”

Chenier: “Well, that goes to show you that money’s really no object with him. Not that important.”

Then they go on to discuss the impact of Bryant’s salary on the Lakers’ ability to put a quality roster around him…

“Keep in mind,” Chenier concludes, “none of us really understand how to really work that salary cap thing.”

So if you tuned in to the Wizards game seeking expert analysis on all things NBA, you came to the wrong place. At least Chenier was honest.



  1. Vlad says:

    Avo s not about luxury tax…it s about cap space..which makes your team competitive….

  2. okc2014 says:

    Any talk of the Lakers is boring. They are so 3 years ago. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    • SanDiegoNative says:

      We are boring but why is everybody still talkin bout us, there must be something pretty interesting, hi hater 🙂

  3. bullriby says:

    Kobe gets lots of money, way more than he needs while the team will continue to struggle to get more than one top free agent. Many stars (Duncan, Lebron, Wade) have taken less so the team could get better. Just shows that Kobe is not about the team first, but is about himself first. No more championships for Kobe, but lots of money.

    • txemacasanueva says:

      Duncan did. LeBron makes more money than while in Cleveland because of Florida taxes.

      • Heat_Fan says:

        LeBron took less then he could easily get (nevermind taxes) Wade, Bosh, Allen, UD, Lewis…. the list goes on, they all took less. The Heat play as a REAL TEAM, there are no money hogs, no ball hogs, it is a real brotherhood. They watch out for each other, they have fun together. It’s a great thing to see, and a perfect example for kids to see, Go Heat!!!!

    • Avo gasparyan says:

      Kobe has taken paycuts many time before. And if knew anything about the lakers francshise you would know that they have no issue payin luxury tax. Their luxury taxes annualy average more then most nba all starts get during the contract terms. Lakers spening an additional 10mil annualy on kobe is to show the appreciation to him for his hard work and results he has provided for the franchise for almost 2 decades.

    • Larry says:

      Lebron, Wade and Bosh took pay cuts to play together. Even if Kobe takes a bigger paycut, there is no guarantee or any star that has guaranteed to come to LA, unlike the Miami Heat scenario. If I were in Kobes shoes,and management came to me and said “Kobe,If you agree to take 10 mil a season, then so-and-so and so-and-so have agreed to join the Lakers too”, I’d have taken more of a cut, but that did’t happen, and kobe didn’t take more of a cut. I wouldnt take a cut unless I was guaranteed certain other signings would take place first.