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.
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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.