Was watching some of the Kings – Magic game on League Pass being broadcast by the Kings and working on the weekly recap. Suddenly, I heard Jim Gray’s voice and looked up to see that he was reporting an update on Tyreke Evans’ injury from earlier in the game. Then I heard the color commentary say his name was Bill Walton before asking Gray a follow-up. Apparently both work for the Kings part-time.
So are the Maloofs broke or not? That has to be an expensive broadcast team, even if both are not working every game. Jim Gray has seen better days, but he was the reporter for LeBron’s decision, and definitely has to cost a lot more than any other sideline reporter in the league. Ditto for Walton who was once the number one color analyst for ABC/ESPN. He has to be more expensive than what Olden Polynice, The Wizard Walt Williams, and Mitch Richmond would cost combined. NBA owners are dumb.
Speaking of dumb, the Thunder’s color commentator, Grant Long has a contribution. Long was a member of the inagural Heat squad and played 1,000 games in a nice career. While Tim Duncan was at the line, the broadcasters were discussing Duncan’s FT% when Long opined of Duncan “I think he is a Hall of Famer.” Thanks for the insight. He went on to say that ice cream is delicious, the sun will come out tomorrow, and Blue Ivy is a weird name.