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Thursday, April 11th, 2013 at 11:40 am  |  72 responses

TNT to Broadcast a Game Tonight With No Play-by-Play


No Marv Albert, no Kevin Harlan … just two-and-a-half hours of banter between Steve Kerr, Chris Webber and Reggie Miller (sigh). TNT will experiment with this format during tonight’s matchup between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors. Per USA Today: “Kerr says he won’t be trying ‘to be Marv Albert or Kevin Harlan’ but will act as ‘point man leading us to breaks. Maybe a little bit of a traffic cop if the game calls for it. It is more like three former players having a round table (discussion) almost during the game.’ So has Kerr informed the other former NBA All-Stars that the offense will be running through him Thursday night? ‘In no uncertain terms,’ Kerr says with a laugh. ‘Well put.’ The idea for the new booth came from a conversation between Turner Sports COO Lenny Daniels and Senior VP Craig Barry. ‘Lenny and I are always talking that television has always been done the same way for the last 40 or 50 years,’ Barry said. ‘Why not just have a team captain and have three guys who know the game inside and out? They are all charismatic, they are all capable of carrying a show, so why not just have them talk basketball?’ [...] ‘We all know each other, like each other genuinely. That is always a good start,’ he said. ‘What will be interesting is that each guy will be looking at the game a little differently. Chris was a superstar big man. Reggie obviously was an All-Star himself. I was more of a reserve. We all came at the game from different angles. I always thought that big men and guards look at at the game a lot differently. I think it will be good to get different perspectives on it in the same telecast.’ Kerr has no idea whether he’s participating in a one-time deal or a new type of sportscasting offense but just figures Thursday will ‘sound much different than what a normal telecast would.’ Viewers will convince Barry whether TNT will repeat the analyst-only booth.”

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  • Caboose

    I swear, put nbk, Lake, JT, Max, spit hot fiyah, or myself in front of that mic and we’ll have more prescient things to say than f*cking Reggie and Steve. Webber is cool, he can stay.

  • Drig

    lol……I kinda agree though. I remember a recent LAL game on TNT when Reggie and Steve just continued to go gaga over Kobe and totally disregarded teh rest of the game I was interested in. Commentary should provide information about the plays being run and not about some guy’s or team’s past.

    Reggie sucks at it.

  • theDankerNuggets

    this is cool idea, Im definitley gonna tune in

  • Arrogance

    Yeah you all would know more than nba players.

    Narcissistic dumb ass

  • Caboose

    Did you really not catch the sarcastic tone? No? Ok.

  • Caboose

    Reggie goes NUTS over Durant too. Though Jeff van Gundy interrupts and talks over the actual game more than anyone. Some things Jeff says are good, others are just….annoying.

  • Ugh

    …actually, no.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i don’t mind kerr, c webb is becoming better and better. can’t they just let gus johnson do a game?

  • Caboose

    Sigh, this comment is so OBVIOUSLY sarcasm…but whatever.

  • roscoe

    i agree… it is a cool idea.

  • Drig

    Jeff is someone I’ll happily listen to every single game. He’s knowledgeable doesn’t shy away from discussing a bad call, doesn’t usually go gaga over players and can identify and give credit to players who deserve it for making the play work at times.

    I kinda wish they’d let the radio play-by-play guys call a game or two on live broadcast and see how it goes. LAL radio used to be awesome last year when I watched most games live.

  • Caboose

    I usually like Jeff’s insight, but he often detracts from the game when he goes on his rants. They’re entertaining, but someone needs to push his cough button sometimes.

    I think it’s a universal rule that the radio announcers are more entertaining and knowledgable than the TV announcers…

  • Drig

    Glad to see I’m not the only one who thought that radio announcers almost always sound better than the play by play guys. Not that the Lakers’ announcers are bad…….These guys are simply better.

  • Caboose

    You heard the Lakers announcers last night right? “It’s amazing! Kobe has 51 points the past 2 quarters!” pause…. “Wow, 51..2 quarters…can you believe that?” pause…. “Oh wait, past 3 quarters. I messed up. Wait. Yeah, 3 quarters.”

  • Drig

    I said they weren’t bad. I never said they were the standard against which everything is rated, did I? Plus, I watched the Portland feed. Didn’t get the match telecasted here…….

  • Caboose

    Ah gotcha. Yeah, Lakers announcers are good. I also like the announcers for: Spurs, Rockets, Magic, Nuggets, and Raptors.

  • Caboose

    And HATE the announcers for: Kings, Celtics, Bulls, Heat, Cavaliers.

  • Drig

    I haven’t seen one guy in the past 3 years claim they like the Celtics commentators lol. It’s kinda funny when you hear Cavs over the Celts since LBJ left town in anything……..

    My favs : LAL, Rockets, Nuggets, NYK

    Commentary teams I hate : LAC, Celtics, Heat, Jazz.

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    I think this is a cool idea, but these 3 are not the ones to execute it. Reggie flat out stinks, Kerr is too soft spoken and Webber is good, but still a little raw. Why not just go with EJ, Kenny and Charles? Their chemistry is unmatched on Turner.

  • Ben Ireland

    Maybe Reggie… I like Kerr though. But to be fair, have Reggie’s seat empty and that’s a 50% better broadcast right there.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    hmmmm. i work at a bar. so i never hear audio

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    It would have been better if they also left Reggie at home.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Hubie Brown > all

  • LakeShow

    The Jazz if Harpring is there…. They are turrble.

  • Caboose

    Oh god…Harpring….
    And the Kings are AWFUL, but they sometimes have Bill Walton come on. That is some scary sh!t

  • danpowers

    i love how the small man gets mad about how soft the nba became nowadays. its just that… it looks a little strange if a not so tough m*dget is talking about toughness lol

  • LakeShow

    Yeah the Clips are BAD.
    Heat are quite annoying.
    I kinda like the Celts usually though. Unless they just go off on biased tirade.(which happens allot)

  • LakeShow

    LMAO ~ Bill Walton and scary sh*t should always be in the same sentence.

  • Markus437

    Espn should do this with Jalen Rose commentating

  • Caboose

    The worst commentator lineup I can imagine is:
    Bill Walton, Austin Carr, and Reggie Miller. You can swap Austin Carr for Tom Heinsohn, if you want.

  • Kris

    Charles belongs in the studio. He rambles too much to be a color commentator. Kerr and Webber are both well spoken and provide great insight. Not a huge fan of Reggie but it will be interesting to see how it goes.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Steve Kerr is the best in-game analyst TNT has. But a play-by-play guy is always needed. I’m going to watch this game on mute. Webber is good in the studio, boring in-game. Reggie is okay. Don’t know who made this decision, but it’s a bad one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    GUS JOHNSON

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    good idea, but then have Gus Johnson call the last 2 mins

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    They want a round table style conversation, not play by play and color commentary, that’s right up Chucks alley if you ask me.

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    Idk, Sean Elliott is a pretty big Homer, can’t stand him.

  • Caboose

    Forever.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    Did anyone else read the title and think that TNT was going to just show a game without anyone talking? no? ok nevermind.

  • RedRum

    Τhat is what I thought, it was done before a couple of times. I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed it, preferred it to play by play and commenting. It was like being in an actual game.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    That is exactly what I thought. And I was excited. NBA TV did this a while back.

  • bill

    So, it’s going to be MSTNT3000 tonight?

  • nike_head

    I would much rather Gary Payton and Chris Webber…I thought they were hilarious when they were both on NBA TV

  • nike_head

    Really the only time Van Gundy goes nuts is when he completely disagrees with the call that is made. I find it funny when he gets worked up too.

  • spit hot fiyah

    Homer Simpson is bigger

  • spit hot fiyah

    whaaat , cavs? those dudes are comedy. from deeeep in the qqqqqqqq

  • Markus437

    “Are you kidding me?” In that Reggie miller voice is getting annoying

  • Caboose

    Lol

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    i think it would be neat to mic up the players and do a whole game just listening to chatter. Maybe do it on a 10 minute delay to catch all the langauge.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Excellent idea sir. It would be like turning up the court and crowd sound effects on NBA 2K which is how I used to play.

  • Slick Ric

    Yeah obviously it was since you mention Lake and NBK…

  • Caboose

    Lol not a fan of those guys?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    WAY WAY too much profanity and team concept/strategy for that to work.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Sean Elliot is absolutely terrible. Boose is drunk.

  • KS

    I watch the game on mute if Doris Burke is involved

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    You are such a dream crusher.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i try lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Gary Payton is much too raw. That’s why he got taken off of NBATV in the first place.

  • nike_head

    I just found it entertaining. He`s miles ahead of Rick Kamla, Steve Smith and Dennis Scott. In my opinion.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Oh I’m right there with you. That’s just why Payton won’t be back, far as I can tell.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    That’s why they invented HBO, my dude.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Hubie Brown is the Michael Jordan of color commentary. Player Michael Jordan, not management Michael Jordan.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I don’t think that would be lucrative to cut the majority of NBA fans out of the equation

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    A decent chance we could see the Hubie Brown/Doug Collins combo again next year.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    radio guys are usually fun because they tell the game from a home court perspective. They are actually rooting for a team and can get more excited about things instead of staying neutal.

  • Kris

    Round table discussion would involve Chuck butchering his thoughts and jargon. PASS

  • Lloyd

    The Raps combo of Devlin/Jack Armstrong is annoying. The only one that’s likable is Leo Rautins. He actually knows the game and has poise. Also, he sounds like a Canadian Steve Kerr.

  • scotpeirson

    It almost had the feel of listening to a baseball game on radio, listening to Steve, C-Webb and Reggie. It wasn’t a bad thing, at all. It works well–it is something that Turner should go forward with during the regular season next year. It probably isn’t a format conducive for the playoffs, however.

  • Max

    What if the crackhead commentator from saturdaynights on nba.com does the whole game?
    By himself.

  • Caboose

    Could always do a pay-per-view channel…

  • Caboose

    Amen to that…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    still wouldn’t be able to get around the whole, everyone get’s to hear team strategy and concepts issue tho

  • Conor

    Harlan is the voice of TNT NBA.

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