Tuesday, November 25, 2008


I can't make all the games every night so I get to watch my fair share on TNT, NBA TV, and local channels (across the country). Lately I have been finding myself watching more NBA TV until I go to sleep. I just have a few observations about NBA TV:

  • I have no idea where they found Ahmad Rashad, but they probably should have left him there. Everytime I see him, I just always think about his coattail riding of 'my main man Michael Jordan'.

  • Gary Payton, you are not Charles Barkley, you never will be. Gary does bring that, 'I have no idea what he's going to say at any time' quality to the show. The difference is that Charles Barkley comes off funny and some of that is the setups he gets from Kenny Smith.

  • Chris Webber, I'm actually surprised by his on air personality. He's taken a lot of what he's learned by being on TNT a few times last year I'm a little impressed.

  • Eric Snow is just too vanilla. He knows the game but his personality doesn't come out on TV. He's as quiet as he is on The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

  • Steve Smith brings it every night. He's like a mix (out of this list) of Webber and Snow. He knows the game and he can give bring that personality out to entertain.

About the funniest show was Rashad, Payton, and Webber going through the NBA All-Star ballot and pointing out the people that have been left off the ballot. Gary Payton's crowning moment was when he said that there is someone on the ballot that shouldn't even be in the league. That person was Nick Collison. (I can't find the footage on youtube.com, but I'm still looking. Let me know if you find it).

Have you watched NBA TV? What do you think? Should Gary Payton be collecting a check for this work?


AverageBro said...

Snow isn't bad on NBA TV, but he doesn't have enough personality to be a color commentator.

Smitty is funny. Sometimes it looks like he's trying too hard (think Stephen A Smith), but he's got a future.

I like C-Webb.

Gary Payton is funny when he's "calling in".

Ahmad looks like the old man at the club.

The station is getting better now that they're playing "recent" games for NBA Classics.

Inquisitive Mind said...

It's a good show if you're up late at night and need to go to bed.