NBA Playoffs: The Commentators Are Awful!

Adam SteevesCorrespondent IApril 19, 2009

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Let me preface this piece by saying I am not one of those guys that watches the NBA four nights a week.

If I did, I would be deaf.

I think my ears are bleeding. Are my ears bleeding?

There are eight Playoff series, and each is covered by a three-man team. Are you telling me the league can't find 12 people who can make more sense than the guys they currently have?

I casually watched the two early games on Saturday, Bulls-Celtics and Cavs-Pistons. I was working on other stuff, so I basically just listened. And afterwards, my ears hurt.

Are you sure they are not bleeding?

A couple thoughts:

Who is this "Big Baby" and why are the casters calling him that every time they refer to him?

"Big Baby pulls down the rebound," "Big Baby with the foul," "Big Baby checks back into the game."

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I figured out they were referring to Glen Davis, so now my question is why. Call the dude by his name. You are supposed to be a professional commentator!

Why do you rag on a guy for ten minutes about what he does in the locker room before the game? Is it because it was Phil Collins that Mo Williams was listening to instead of Snoop or 2Pac?

The talking head idiots seemed to alienate Mo because he was listening to a white guy instead of a rapper like everyone else. No, I don't listen to Phil Collins, but, yes, I like the song they were referring to. It is a song that can get you pumped up for the game.

Mention it, yes. Rag on it, no. You are supposed to be a professional commentator!

I'll admit that there are great commentators out there, but they didn't do today's games.

Albert and Collins come up mind. These are professionals commentators! They don't use nicknames every time they mention a player, they mix it up.

To the rest of the commentators out there, listen to me. The NBA's viewership is down, and you are one of the reasons. The other reason is that no one plays defense, but that is for another article. Tell us things we don't know and give us the play by play. That's it. You are supposed to be a professional commentator!

You seem to be just an ex-NBA player who did not graduate from college and can now only work by talking during games. Once the networks figure out you are the problem, what will you do then?

The games today were good games, but you guys did not add to the experience. One step forward, two steps back. Oh well.

Maybe next year, "Big Baby" will have retired and he can do play by play.

"Let's throw it down to my partner for tonight's broadcast, Big Baby."

Please, give me a break. How long will casual, postseason-only fans listen to this? Not long!

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