At about 2:30 this afternoon, I noticed along the bottom of the screen on ESPNews that Nets guard Devin Harris would be on for an interview at 3:20. Like any good Nets fan with nothing better to do, I tuned in to channel 141 at 3:20 PM, and then had to wait another 15 minutes while ESPN discussed other things before finally getting to Harris.
This may be my Nets bias speaking, but Harris was a very good guest. I wouldn't exactly call the questions hard-hitting—they were all about the NBA Finals, nothing that could catch Harris in any sort of trouble. Not that he's ever been in trouble anyway, but he answered them all deftly, giving well-versed answers that show he's well aware of what's going on, not only in the finals, but with the two teams over the course of the season.
He fielded questions on a variety of Lakers and Magic topics, and was always prepared with an articulate answer, never floundering, and never making things up. Most impressive, he referenced previous matchups between the teams and statistics offhand, showing he isn't just going on a hunch, but fully understands what he is saying. As a fan, this is something I liked seeing in a player.
But I did have one huge problem with the interview: it was all about the Lakers and Magic. Look, I know the Finals are going on, and I know the Nets aren't the most popular team, but Harris plays for New Jersey, and you'd think they'd ask him SOMETHING relevant to his own situation.
The NBA Draft is later this month, and the Nets do have a lottery pick. There's been plenty of discussion about who they want to take, and while the front office seems to be leaning toward a power forward (the weakest link in their starting lineup), Harris and Vince Carter have been lobbying for another point guard.
Surely that could spark some interesting discussion. You know, why do you, Devin, feel the team needs another point guard behind Keyon Dooling and yourself? And how about Lawrence Frank indicating that the team could be pursuing additional picks?
I know the draft isn't until later in the month, and the finals are the NBA story of the moment, but with Devin Harris in studio, couldn't they ask him even ONE question about the Nets?