I wasn't going to write this thread, but, oh well...
Mods, I would argue that this is Knicks related.
I have been a lifelong Knicks fan. No choice, inherited it from my pop.
In all my years, I have never seen such a poor compilation of studio analysts as I have seen on Inside the NBA, and the NBA on TNT. It's not even about having fair and balanced prognostication, stemming from objectivity. There are those that do merit praise for good analysis, such as Steve Smith, who clearly does his homework and knows something about the teams he analyzes. The majority of the others, however, just don't give a damn.
Take Charles Barkley, for example. He rarely does any homework. 3 weeks ago, he argued that the Knicks were wrong in letting Lin go because they could have amnestied him as a back-up plan.
Last night, he stated that the Nets bench is better than the Knicks. When challenged, he noted that the Knicks bench is weakened due to J.R. Smith being used as a starter, and will remain in such a state until either Stat or Shumpert returns.
Are you kidding me?
That fact that Ernie Johnson was the only person knowledgeable enough to (attempt to) correct him is even more depressing.
Most FANS know that (1). NY already used its amnesty on Billups, and (2). J.R. has not started for the Knicks this year. How can you provide NBA analysis if you don't even know basic information about that team. Why is it acceptable to continually gaff on, or more horrifically -make up- basic info and those errors be dismissed? Years ago, this guy would have been laughed off the stage. Today, he is their number one rated analyst.
It appears to me that the NBA has, thus, determined to make its living on one main sportscaster who serves as the center of attention and the nexus of poor commentary, void of substantive analysis, and the brunt of frat-boy jokes. Eating cake on stage and threatening "butt whuppins" is the norm. This would not irk me so much if that commentator had not established himself as a biased Knick hater. But no, the NBA sees this as a ratings grab.
A brief look at some other analysts.
Chris Webber - Why does he always look like he is smiling or about to bust out in laughter? In his early years, he agreed with Charles on everything. He's his own man now, but he never looks serious - more like Huey Freeman.
Shaq - Perhaps the worst analyst in the history of sports - ever. Not only is he biased, carrying his Dwight Howard grudge into his post career gig, but his demeanor is about as interesting as watching paint dry. Always seems awkward and off balance.
Kenny "the Jet" Smith - An interesting analyst in that he is quite knowledgeable and skilled, but prefers to slum it with Charles 24-7. His analysis plays off of Barkley's so much that he no longer appears to be an individual.
Just ranting and hollerin' and raving, guys. Needed to get this off my chest, especially after a Knicks loss. However, I truly feel that the art of B-Ball prognostication has hit the toilet bowl.
Chime in - ...
Mod's, understand if you must move/merge.