Miami Heat's PA Announcer Is the Most Annoying Man in Basketball

Andrew SweatCorrespondent IMay 9, 2013

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Move over, J.J. Redick, you've been replaced.

The most annoying man in basketball is Michael Baiamonte, hands down.

If you are an NBA fan you might not recognize the name, but you undoubtedly recognize his voice.

Baiamonte is the Public Address Voice for the Miami Heat. With the huge number of nationally televised games LeBron & Co. play, every NBA watcher is forced to endure Baimonte's hey-everybody-look-at-me schtick several times a year.

Baiamonte's long, drawn out calls after baskets like, "Chrissssss Boshhhhhh for twoooooo, from Dwyaaaaaane Waaaaaade!" regularly take more than seven seconds to complete. That's the length of an entire possession for the 2005-2006 Mike D'Antoni Phoenix Suns. His "Toooooo many steps!" call for a travel is an unnecessary, tee-hee-hee move that annoys opponents and casual TV viewers alike.

Not only does he say way too much, but the volume of Baiamonte's mic is so loud that it blares to the forefront instead of enhancing the viewing experience from the background.

And that's the problem.

Baiamonte makes himself the center of attention in a role that is supposed to blend into the background.

The Role of a PA Announcer

If watching an NBA game is like going to a restaurant, the PA Announcer is supposed to be like a helpful server.

A good server appears a few times every night to give you worthwhile tips, answer questions and keep everything flowing. But the server's role is largely invisible, staying in the background to let you enjoy your evening.Β 

Few things can ruin a restaurant experience like a chatty, intrusive server who oversteps his bounds by frequently inserting himself into your evening. That server's focus in on himself, not you. That's not how it's supposed to be.

Michael Baiamonte is that chatty, intrusive server who you wish would just leave you alone.

His frequent, loud, inescapable voice dominates the experience of watching the Heat.Β 

And that's not how it's supposed to be.

Not a Hater

Settle down, Heat fans. I'm not some jealous Miami hater. I'm just an objective fan who consumes a lot of NBA games and has reached his breaking point when watching Heat home games.

I have nothing but respect for LeBron James. He is one of the NBA's all-time greats.

Dwyane Wade's domination of the 2005-2006 NBA Finals was one of the most remarkable individual performances I have ever seen.

As a lifelong Lakers fan I am totally in the tank for Pat Riley.

I show my son Ray Allen instructional shooting videos because he has the sweetest 3-point stroke in NBA history.

I have nothing personal against Michael Baiamonte. I'm sure he's a good human being. I just don't like the way he steps all over my basketball viewing experience every time I watch a Miami Heat home game.

I have nothing but respect for the champion Heat, and I enjoy watching their brand of basketball.

That is, I enjoy watching the Heat as it's a Miami road game, because during their home games I have to endure three hours of the most annoying man in basketball blaring over the PA.

And that's not how it's supposed to be.


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