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4/19/2007 04:28:00 PM
Best NBA Announcers
By Mike McAllister, SI.com
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The NBA playoffs have started, which means plenty of couch time in front of the 32-inch high-def LCD screen. The games will be fun to watch, but the announcing can enhance (or detract from) the viewing experience. Here are my top five NBA announcers. Feel free to send me your list.
1. Charles Barkley ... So insightful at times, but can also be off the mark on occasion. Either way, that quality of unpredictability makes Barkley the one guy you absolutely must listen to.
2. Hubie Brown ... Walking encyclopedia of hoops and knows how to teach it without sounding like that boring professor you had in college.
3. Bill Walton ... Yeah, I know -- I'm in the minority here. But I don't care that he comes across as goofy or contradictory or irritating or just nonsensical. Whether intentional or not, he'll make me laugh at least once during every game.
4. Marv Albert ... His voice was made for the NBA game. Has it really been 10 years since "the incident"?
5. Ernie Johnson Jr. ... The voice of reason in the TNT studio. Barkley wouldn't be nearly as effective if EJ doesn't set the table.
Bill Walton is definately the best, most entertaining. Forget "Best NBA Announcer," he is the Entertainer of the Year, at the very least. If you only laugh once during a game he announces, then I conclude that you have no funny bone! Simply put, he, more than any other personality, makes NBA games more exciting to watch. Ralph Lawler, the Clippers announcer, who used to work with Walton, is also great. He should be on some kind of list. "Bingo!"
Agreed with Charles Barkley as the number 1 pick, Marv should also be on that list. Another name has to be Chuck Swirsky, he is original and brings a lot of energy. Please remove Walton, to say the lease he annoys the living ---- out of me.
1. Marv - no question, still the best, regardless of his undergarments. 2. Posthumous #2: Chick Hearn - he's still better than anyone else who is alive (except Marv). That said, I have a bias toward my #3 3. Once again, posthumous: Johnny Most - this guy was the all-time homer. If you could pick up a Celtic game on the radio and on TV, you turned off the TV volume and turned up the radio. He was hilarious, right Kareem-puff? 4. Brent Musberger - I can't believe I'm saying this. NBA hoops is the one sport that he calls extremely well. He's not in charge of insight, but turn away from the TV and listen sometime. He does a good job. 5. Barkton - splice the right genes and you get the best color commentator of all time. Splice the wrong ones and you get a valid argument for euthanasia.
1) Walton is the worst announcer in basketball history. If the guy would just shut up and only once in a while give a little color it would be toleradble. But when he tries to sound articulate and expand his limited vocabulary, he sounds like an absolute idiot. Someone should do us all a favor and release his a$$. 2) Can't argue with Hubie Brown or Charles Barkeley. They know the game and speak the truth. 3)Marv Albert is a legend despite his off the mic record. 4)Doug Collins is great on the air when the camera is not on him. So you don't get distracted by his over colored blonde, brown, etc hair. Face it Doug your old... just let it go!! 5) Being from Chicago have to give love to Johnny Red Kerr. The guy is a true fan and has always stayed upbeat through the ups and downs of the Bulls. 6)Steve Kerr is a great broadcaster who does not get enough credit. But is a serious student of the game. 7) I would also have to give some love for Bob Costas back in the early 90's. The guy was awesome when the league was at its peak. He made NBA on NBC Sundays enjoyable and professional.
You have to distinguish between play-by-play and color. Marv is easily the best play-by-play guy there is. No one rivals him.
Doug Collins is the best color guy. He provides great analysis of recent events, but unlike the other guys, he can predict what will happen next. His innate basketball knowledge is coupled with an articulate way of speaking. I would watch a game just for him. He should never again go into coaching.
Marv and Doug together on NBC was basketball utopia.
I got to go with Hubie 1st. The best hands down! Mike Terico is great no matter what sport. Dont sleep on Tim Legler. Legs knows his stuff and never contradicts himself. Barkley definatly makes the top five. With Fred Carter fifth. the point he makes when he is done talking is just great!!! Walton is garbage. He makes one point and the contradicts himself the next play. He is awfull. I just wish he wasnt such a good player, so we wouldnt have to hear his dumbass!!!
It took me a while to get Bill Walton, but spending a year living in Los Angeles when he was in the booth for the Clippers turned it all around. He'd constantly bag on their underachieving center, paying him mockl tribute after 4-point, 2-rebound affairs.
Bill Walton. For real? You have to be joking. He doesn't really analyze the game at all. He just breaks out the hyperbole when he can't think of anything else to say: "The history of western civilizaition hangs in the balance tonight". Serious or not, it is totally ridiculous and un-watchable. I sometimes have to mute the TV when he comes on.
1. Kevin Harlen - "Great Googley-Boogley" 2. Charles Barkley 3. Hubie Brown 4. Chick Hearn - I'd rather listen to him call a game from 20 years ago. 5. Marv Albert
Thing's I'd rather do than watch a game Bill Walton is calling. (From most like, to least like.) 5. Watch Arena football. 4. Turn off the TV. 3. Watch an infomercial for a Stock Trading seminar. 2. Listen to Bob Costas (about anything). 1. Get a prostate exam.
the czar of the telestrator and marvelous are absolutely the best team to ever don the nba headsets together. (for those of you under 20, that's marv "the biter" alberts and mike fratello.) their subtle jabs at each other and on point analysis and game commentary put them heads and shoulders above everyone else.
When I hear people speak highly of Charles Barkley’s broadcasting abilities, I can’t help but think of the story of The Emperor’s New Clothes. It seems the listeners and media critics are simply repeating the favorable remarks they heard someone else make; it appears nobody has stopped to listen (to Mr. Barkley) for him or herself. If indeed they were to do so, I can’t see how they wouldn’t conclude that he (like the Emperor) is not wonderfully adorned, but instead he’s running naked. Or, perhaps, again like the in the story, no one has the heart to tell the Emperor the truth.
One person everyone has left out is my favorite player of all time: REGGIE!! Reggie is a great announcer, he's only been doing it for a couple years and he always has great points. He knows exactly what's happening and can usually predict what's going to happen.
Whether you like or dislike Bill Walton, you have to admit that he doesn't take himself too seriously, which I like. Even though Hubie Brown knows so much about the game, he is WAY too serious. He needs to loosen his tighty-whiteys.
Tom Tolbert is like a toned-down Bill Walton. He is loose, isn't afraid to dog on somebody and gives you the player's perspective without being too serious.
Marv Albert and Kevin Harlan are great play-by-play guys simply because they have great voices and know how to use them to make the game more exciting. On the other hand, Mike Tirico SUCKS because he tries to be everybody, the play-by-play, color, comedian, newsperson, he talks way too much and usually talks about stupid crap during important parts of the game.
as for former players, i like reggie miller and barkley of course. but the worst former player announcers ever has to be magic and isiah. they use to spend more time talking about themselves and how great they were than calling the game.
1. Marv Albert 2. Ernie Johnson 3. KENNY "THE JET" SMITH 4. Steve Kerr 5. Kevin Harlan (mostly because he sounds like Marv Albert)
I knew that coming from SI, Barkley would be on this list. I don't know what he did, but the dude is a freaking moron. He is LITERALLY a minute behind in the conversation ALWAYS, and he talks to himself or something because Magic or Reggie (who I also hate, by the way) and Ernie and Kenny are all onto the next thing.
Dumbest Barkley quote?
"The research suggests that NBA officials call a higher percentage of personal fouls against black players. What do you think of that?" CB: "Well first thing, of course it's gonna be more black players, there more black players in the league!"
Also his stupid bias, such as wearing a Mavs jersey on the national broadcast (where the Warriors thankfully won)... that stuff just cannot fly on national TV. And for that, I hate Barkley, and by association, I hate anyone who likes him. Especially those with ESPN and SI and other outlets because they don't just like him, they like him blindly.
Hubie Brown..... 5 years ago....3 years ago......Last year......Blah, blah, blah. This guy talks to hear himself talk....What a loser!! Shut up and let the game play itself...."The offense is good because they make baskets" Blah, blah, blah, s....hut up...