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#1 Posted on 4.6.02 1433.55
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I caught the 4th QTR/OT of the KINGS/Lakers game and I got the quick impression the announcers were Lakers Fans. No shock that Bill Walton is a Lakers fan but I thought Marv was a New York fan. They were bashing the Kings while making the Lakers sound like they are wonderful. I just hope NBC lets their announcers call it both ways for the LA/NJ finals. I also hope ESPN does not hire Bill Walton or Jim Grey for TV commentaries.

Just my thoughts
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#2 Posted on 4.6.02 1500.13
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I totally agree. I cringe whenever hear Bill Walton, and my impression is that the NBC announcing team has a big-market bias. ABC/ESPN appears to more balanced in their coverage of other sports, so hopefully it's just an NBC thing.
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#3 Posted on 4.6.02 1509.13
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I've always been under the impression that the NBC announcers always got behind whoever was winning or had the momentum in the game.

Either way, I've always hated them. For the most part, they talk about everything BUT the game at hand. They'll discuss other games currently going on, fan noise, playoff games from seasons past, etc. I cant stand it.

I like the spiffy graphics and listening in on the huddles, but that's about it. When I really cant stand them any longer, I mute the TV and find the game on the radio to hear their play-by-play.
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#4 Posted on 4.6.02 1538.40
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You guys have an interesting perspective, because ALL I heard after the Lakers took game 7 was this:

"So Kobe, tell me about Bibby"

"Hey Walker, how about Bibby's performance?"

Seriously, all Marv et al could talk about was the Kings, and they had the collective hard on for Bibby. While he did great, he and the Kings still LOST THE GAME!!!
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#5 Posted on 4.6.02 1607.20
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    Originally posted by Torchslasher
    You guys have an interesting perspective, because ALL I heard after the Lakers took game 7 was this:

    "So Kobe, tell me about Bibby"

    "Hey Walker, how about Bibby's performance?"

    Seriously, all Marv et al could talk about was the Kings, and they had the collective hard on for Bibby. While he did great, he and the Kings still LOST THE GAME!!!



Other than Bibby(4th QTR/OT) all I heard is how great Horry/Kobe/Shaq. Note to NBC, we know they are good players and you don't have to jam it down our throats every 45 sec.

also

The NBA on NBC music theme makes me sick

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#6 Posted on 4.6.02 1818.05
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    Originally posted by CajunMan
    The NBA on NBC music theme makes me sick




Which doesn't surprise me, since it was composed by John Tesh.
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#7 Posted on 4.6.02 1857.32
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I LIKE NBC's coverage of the NBA. NBC has always managed to give every game a "big game" feel, which is something ESPN and ABC aren't as good at.
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#8 Posted on 4.6.02 1901.52
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NO WAY!! I like that theme!

And now that I have admitted to liking a musical composed by John Tesh, I hang my head in shame.
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#9 Posted on 5.6.02 0109.34
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I agree 100% with Bucsfan. NBC excells at making mid season games feel special and post season games seem like the Super Bowl of basketball. Aside from Fox, I really don't like any other network's coverage of sports and I think the NBA will take a decent hit by not staying with the hip feeling NBC. Bill Walton, Marv Albert, Ahmad Rashad, Jim Grey, Peter Vescey (sp?), they really embody everything that huge NBA games throughout the past several years have been. I must be in the minority but I love the way Bill Walton and Marv Albert call games. Bill Walton's "give me players" speech as Mike Bibby lit it up and Chris Webber crumbled was one of the most memorable parts of the playoffs for me thus far and I think that all things considered, they do a great job. I don't want Dennis Miller calling my basketball and hopefully the presentation won't take too severe of a hit in the transition although I can easily see it doing so.
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#10 Posted on 5.6.02 0826.45
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I think Marv Albert is great and if he's not involved with the NBA on TV next year, it'll be a shame. I won't miss Walton in the least, though, I couldn't stand him. I really liked Doug Collins when he was doing the games with Costas for NBC in the Marv In Exile years, even though he looks evil like James Woods. I thought he brought a lot of insight to the games he worked and went out of his way to get Isiah Thomas to bring something to the table, which seemed like a lot of work.

I'll definitely miss the NBA on NBC. The theme (even if it was Tesh), production and set-up brought a lot to the atmosphere as others in the thread have said, whereas the NBA games on TNT always felt a little low key.

I guess Tom Tolbert will have to go back Smallville and continue investigating just what's going on with his close personal friend Clark Kent.
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#11 Posted on 5.6.02 2105.58
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Walton is horrible as an announcer. Although, he does play the tall, stupid, idiot role well.

Hopefully, this is the last we will see of him.

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#12 Posted on 5.6.02 2154.32
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    Originally posted by evilwaldo
    Walton is horrible as an announcer. Although, he does play the tall, stupid, idiot role well.

    Hopefully, this is the last we will see of him.




He is so bad that, well he plays the Michael Cole Role. Get it?
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#13 Posted on 6.6.02 0620.40
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I turn the tv sound down and listen to Chick Hearn and Stu Lantz call the games on the radio. they call the game so well you can visualize what's going on. I wish the WWE would make all it's announce staff listen to Chick call a game to learn how to make the wrestling matches interesting.
JR and Cole do the same thing FrostyFreeze said about the NBC guys, talking about everything EXCEPT the match going on.
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#14 Posted on 6.6.02 0742.41
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Michael Cole Role.

That is the best way to describe it.

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#15 Posted on 6.6.02 1042.14
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Chick & Stu = the ISH.
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#16 Posted on 6.6.02 1417.21
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    Originally posted by Dr Unlikely
    I guess Tom Tolbert will have to go back Smallville and continue investigating just what's going on with his close personal friend Clark Kent.
You consider the San Francisco market "Smallville?"
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#17 Posted on 6.6.02 1432.12
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I think he means Tolbert looks like Lex Luthor.

Tolbert's ok, but I feel like he's trying pretty hard to be Barkley and there can be only one. Who is doing the games on ESPN next year? Are we SURE it's not Walton?
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#18 Posted on 7.6.02 0839.16
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Yeah, he looks like the guy playing Lex Luthor on Smallville.
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#19 Posted on 7.6.02 1024.03
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Speaking of Charles Barkley, he had the line of the 2002 NBA Season: "If y'all (NBC) didn't waste your money on the XFL, you'd still have the NBA."
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#20 Posted on 7.6.02 1629.30
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Actually, my take is that Bill Walton seems to have a huge Indiana Pacers bias.

Ever seen a Pacers game that he's called? He slams 'em left and right, back and forth, to and fro, over and under, and all around. Bill Walton is notorious among Pacers fans for being a big Pacers hater.

I went to one of the 1999 Eastern Conference Finals games and saw Bill Walton walk around the court to talk to Rik Smits. Several people in the stands yelled You're an asshole, Walton! or something of that nature.
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