Air Check: Is Derek Fisher In The Building?

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.

Bad memories

Back on Dec. 2, Tim Duncan hit what would turn out to be the game-winner against the Hawks. But he left a little bit of time on the clock. And it was exactly how much time that Spurs play-by-play man Bill Land had a problem with…

VIDEO: Spur Tim Duncan hits a late jumper

In case you don’t get it, it’s a reference to Derek Fisher‘s shot from Game 5 of the 2004 Western Conference semifinals, which came after a Duncan shot from a spot not far from where he hit this one.

Preacher Carr

It’s been a rough start to the season for the Cleveland Cavaliers. So you will excuse Austin Carr if he gets a little excited about this sequence that results in a pair of free throws for Tristan Thompson.

VIDEO: Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson turns defense to offense

Fred McLeod‘s reaction to Carr’s sermon is pretty great. That’s also the first time I’ve heard McLeod with theΒ “leather sandwich that doesn’t taste very good” call.

Their record was what?

There’s something a bit off with the way Lakers play-by-play man Bill Macdonald cited the Raptors’ records (last season and this season) on Sunday…

VIDEO: The Lakers play-by-play crew does their own math on NBA records

Four FOR 19? Six FOR 12? Huh? Like they’ve won six of their 12 games? How does an NBA play-by-play guy possible describe a team’s record like this?


  1. Daniel says:

    Are you all kidding, have you listened to the Knicks broadcasters? Some how even if the knicks are down by 20, the knicks have that team right where they want them. They must be the most blind color commentator’s in the game. Knicks can do no wrong and it is the other team that is horrible.

  2. t says:

    I am a Celtic fan but Tommy Heinsohn is by far the most biased of them all in my opinion. He treats every Celtic player like a living saint, they never commit fouls or make mistakes, it’s always the opposing team’s fault the way he sees it. Oh, and the ball never goes out of bounds off Bostonians’ hands, too. It’s just ridiculous how detached from reality he is during broadcasts.

  3. WAMBO says:

    Rockets play by play broadcastrs are crazy

    • Joshua Greenfarb says:

      Actually, I wanted to point that out, in case it wasn’t well known. Last season, I believe Clyde Drexler said something along the lines of: “regressing to the mean.” I swear, he said those exact words in reference to something I can’t recall.

      You think that was a cheap shot at Schuhmann?

      Amazing that sometimes people do read social media or discussion forum posts.

      Perhaps, some people need to realize people know more than you realize. I realize people like Schuhmann like to treat people like they’re intellectually inferior or something, but that is a flaw people like him need to correct. It’s called respect. Snobby, smug people are not cool. Egomaniacs like Bryant are not cool. Bryant will never be a star again. He should’ve left L.A. for a contender, so he could come off the bench as a roleplayer that gets only 10 – 15 minutes-per-game. Now, he’s doomed.

      I love this game. πŸ™‚

  4. ss says:

    Pelicans broadcastrs are the worst in the nba, I like sacramento`s broadcaster just because they love their team exstremely much but are still fair and always complementing kings opponents if they are playing well, and doesnt argue reffs calls if they doesnt go the kings way.

    • Game Time says:

      Nah, Laker ones are. The game vs. the Raptors DeRozan came off a pick and went straight up for a jumper. Meeks comes off the pick an fouls him. The announcer said DeRozan somehow drew Meeks into him. I was like “holy **** he has a tractor beam?”.

  5. Silver300chemi says:

    4 for 19 and 6 for 12. Seriously ? Yes it does mean 6 wins from 12 games how is there something wrong with saying that?
    Clutching for stories maybe. 6 for 12 or 6 from 12 is same same.

  6. Kome the Black Dumba says:

    I hate fisher but fish’s buzzer beater still one of the all time best.