- I wish Al Michaels would spend less time trying to convince me why I should be excited about the series, and more time actually being excited. Is it too late to bring in Marv Albert?
- There must really be a dearth of interesting stories on the Pistons. Last night's supposedly heart-rendering tale about the Pitons' 12th man was quite thin indeed. And before that, we got the same, "Rip Hamilton's from working-class Coatesville, PA, and he hasn't forgotten it, which might explain why he plays with such relentless energy" story we got 10 times last year.
- Did anyone else barf when Stuart Scott remarked how Larry Brown "always puts family first" because he interrupted an interview with him to chit-chat with David Robinson? Isn't this the same Brown who has worked in 10 different cities in the last 25 years, and is contemplating another move? How is that putting his family first?
- Ok, if you're Hubie Brown, you just finished coaching, and you're back doing TV analysis for the first time in a few years. You want to make a good impression, and show that you still know what you are doing, so you do all of your analysis in the second person. (Yes, stolen from Bill Simmons, but it's hard to think of anyone who talks that way so consistently.
- Interesting story about Robert Horry in Slate today, even though it follows the Sports Nut formula of telling sports fans they're stupid to get excited about something. But one point is that it's hard to think of a someone being labeled a "goat" in basketball for missing a shot, or even for making a stupid coaching decision. Nick Anderson is the only one that springs to mind. Baseball and football are full of them -- Bill Buckner, Scott Norwood, Donnie Moore, Mitch Williams, Grady Little, Eugene Robinson, etc. But if you brick a game-winning shot in basketball, everyone just shrugs.
Friday, June 17, 2005
NBA FINALS THOUGHTS