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ABC's 'A-team' NBA Finals announcers

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Stick2TheScript(s), Jun 10, 2008.

  1. Stick2TheScript(s)

    Stick2TheScript(s) New Member

    Riddle me this: How the hell did Mark Jackson get to be on the NBA FINALS PLAY-BY-PLAY CREW?! He has absolete zero redeeming qualities from everything I've seen/heard.

    Conversely, I swear Jeff Van Gundy might be the next great color analyst. He's a great hardass, and he's often hilarious.
    Consider this sublime rant he spewed tonight:
    "It takes about three minutes to finish my haircut -- and I still pay the same rate as the guy who has a full head of hair. That's wrong on so many levels! I'm bald, all right? I want special rates on my haircut."
    -- ESPN's 'everyman' analyst, Jeff Van Gundy.
  2. Boobie Miles

    Boobie Miles Active Member

    I selfishly hope Van Gundy never gets another coaching gig just so we don't lose him on these broadcasts. People seem to be higher than Jackson than I am -- I think he's good because he plays off of Van Gundy well, but he doesn't bring any great insight. I'm growing to loathe Breen as the playoffs progress.
  3. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Consider me to be on the Jeff Van Gundy bandwagon as well.

    His coaching experience really shows through when he was out there. Many times he says some obvious things, but they are things that I've never thought about. I love how he gets into the strategy of the game and really compliments the announcer.

    And let's not forget.

    Melo: Who's driving the bus?

    Other bball star: Van Gundy I guess.

    Van Gundy: Huh?
  4. Rumpleforeskin

    Rumpleforeskin Active Member

    It was with the Celtics.
  5. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    The difference in Van Gundy's public persona, from coach to analyst, ranks second only to George Foreman's transition from thug/bully to huggable, humorous pitchman.
  6. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Van Gundy has been very good. Not too high on Jackson. Breen is above average. I prefer Marv Albert.
  7. dargan

    dargan Active Member

    Van Gundy is great.

    Mark Jackson has seen the "limelight" of broadcasting for a little too long. He started out good, and has done nothing but plummet ever since.

    Breen is like C3PO without the accent and even less comic relief.
  8. BrianGriffin

    BrianGriffin Active Member

    I think Mark Jackson is better in the studio than at a game. Not Barkley good, but solid.

    I like Van Gundy too. I see Breen and I say to myself "Who's that motherfucker and why is he doing an NBA final game?" Not that he's horrible. He's just generic.
  9. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Wow. I butchered that. Thanks for saving me with the clip.
  10. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Charles Barkley: Thats redikilus. Saying he is generic is jus' redikilis.
  11. BrianGriffin

    BrianGriffin Active Member

    Charles is at his best when he just reads the script...

    But he's never just turrable.
  12. Boobie Miles

    Boobie Miles Active Member

    The problem with Breen is that he has two capable analysts next to him yet he always feels the need to interject his opinion. We don't need another voice. The only good part is watching Van Gundy and Jackson almost always take the opposite stance and beat on Breen's head.
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