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    - Surprised Eric Koreen isn't getting more love. He's pretty good. Agree on Chisolm and Wolstat. Grange was the best when he was covering the beat.
    - NBA-wide, Aldridge is outstanding. I like Woj, but he can grind his ax every now and then.
    - Broadcasting isn't for hardcore fans, so I understand the frustration with Devlin and Jack. Part of their job is to entertain and keep more casual fans interested when the Raptors are getting blown out. I actually like their banter, and Jack is a favourite.
    - I hate Leo, condescending jackass. Worse though, are the occasions where Rod Black and Leo work together. Black has no business coming within 100 yards of a basketball court. The new TSN guy, Nabil Karim, is really good; would like to see him more often.
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    I love Miami's commentators. They are tremendous. TNT & ESPN are great as well.

    My top 3 are...

    Steve Kerr
    Jeff Van Gundy
    tommy heinson #2 (Jack Armstrong)

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    I love Shaq, he brings a lot to more than people think. Because he just came off playing last year, he can talk about the guys he played against, or what coaches say i.e when Boston plays, he can talk about what Rondo is saying, or what goes through Pierces mind. Etc, Etc. He can talk about as well the pace of a game and all that sort of crap. He's hilarious as well.

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    Shaq is absolutely abysmal

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    D.A is the best league wide.

    For Raptors, I like Eric Smith.

    Worst out of all of them is Leo.

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    Quote CalgaryRapsFan wrote: View Post
    I don't watch enough non-Raptors games to comment on the comparison, but I disagree that our announcers are good. Most of the time I wind up turning down the volume to not have to hear them, or I spend my time yelling at the tv to actually comment on the game going on. All the singing, talk of olympic team, talk of cell phones, yatta yatta yatta, I could care less about. I don't want to hear about their private lives or rambling on about whatever non-game crap they have an axe to grind about. Call the game, educate about the game for new/young fans, be mostly unbiased with just an ever so slight hint of homerism and stay on topic... that's what I'd like new announcers to be like.
    I never said their good i said their decent. I don't mind Jack he's cool and he know wtf he's talkin about but devlin is sorta meh.

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    jimmer has a point. They are just entertaining the casual fans or just trying to get your mind off the 20 point deficit. Jack is good tho, he knows what he's saying and he actually cares about the raps. Devlin is just there and i really don't know why, he doesn't even know what he's saying half the time. He just reads off some sheet of paper

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    Paul Jones for me.

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    The Good:

    Hubie Brown is the man. I know a lot more about the game of basketball because of him.

    Jack is awesome for entertainment. And if I miss the game on TV and I'm in my car, then I like Paul and Eric as well.

    Kevin Calabro is very good as well, I believe he does mostly Lakers games these days. I know him from NBA Inside Drive 2003(great game), and he used to do Sonics games way back.

    Dan Shulman is the man at everything he does, one of the best ever IMO. Being that he's from T.O. doesn't hurt as well!


    The Bad:

    I despise Stephen A. Smith (Steven should be spelled with a V you dipshit!)

    I also hated the broadcast duo of Bill Walton and Steve "Snapper" Jones back when the Raps were doing OK back in the late 90's early 00's. Walton was such a whiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiner. Whyyyy was he allllways whiiiiiining?

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    who's the dude who does alot of the playoff games. He always has these sweet remarks, i have no idea what his name is. All i can tell you is that from the sound of his voice he sounds black and he did the Mavs vs Thunder playoff series. Here i think i have a video:

    at the 0.23 mark the guy who says "Excuse me i have an appointment with the rim" anyone know who that is?

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    Quote NoPropsneeded wrote: View Post
    who's the dude who does alot of the playoff games. He always has these sweet remarks, i have no idea what his name is. All i can tell you is that from the sound of his voice he sounds black and he did the Mavs vs Thunder playoff series. Here i think i have a video:

    at the 0.23 mark the guy who says "Excuse me i have an appointment with the rim" anyone know who that is?
    Sounds like Mark Jackson (now Head Coach of the Warriors)

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    David is the only one I respect. He reminds me of Adam shuffner from the nfl. League of his own, plain and simple

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    Shulman is the best play by play guy. I think people are too hard on Devlin. His banter can get annoying at times, but there are lots of Raptors games where you have to admit there's not much else to say. Devlin is obviously held in high regard by basketball broadcasters. When the playoffs roll around and TNT has to add a couple play-by-play guys to cover their full slate of games, they select Devlin every year. Listen to some of the local announcers in other cities. You'd think their teams never make mistakes, never play badly and they're just one break away from winning the title. And they are always calling the home team players by their first names like they get together for Sunday dinner every weekend. Their homer-ism is enough to drive you crazy. Gimme a break.

    Hubie Brown is the best color commentator. I love Jack - especially when he gets excited. Leo annoys me - especially his worship of the Celtics. Plus I get the impression that deep down he feels the Raptors haven't appreciated him and that Colangelo should have made him a coach by now.

    At times Doug Smith can be annoying too. I think it's mainly because he has no patience for fans being fans and the crazy emotions they can express. But you have to admit his reports are pretty reliable. I like most of the local writers - at least the ones who have the Raps as their regular assignment. Reading Raptors analysis from "part-timers" like Steve Simmons and Jeff Blair is a complete waste of time.

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    Quote Raptomist wrote: View Post
    [...] I think people are too hard on Devlin. His banter can get annoying at times, but there are lots of Raptors games where you have to admit there's not much else to say. Devlin is obviously held in high regard by basketball broadcasters. When the playoffs roll around and TNT has to add a couple play-by-play guys to cover their full slate of games, they select Devlin every year. Listen to some of the local announcers in other cities. You'd think their teams never make mistakes, never play badly and they're just one break away from winning the title. And they are always calling the home team players by their first names like they get together for Sunday dinner every weekend. Their homer-ism is enough to drive you crazy. Gimme a break.

    Hubie Brown is the best color commentator. I love Jack - especially when he gets excited. Leo annoys me - especially his worship of the Celtics. Plus I get the impression that deep down he feels the Raptors haven't appreciated him and that Colangelo should have made him a coach by now.
    Completely agree. I watch most games I see on streams and get quite a lot of the local broadcasts. A lot of them are really, really annoying, those guys call the games like fans (and stupid fans for that); you can almost hear them flipping the referee everytime one of 'their' players gets called for a foul or didn't get a foul called against him. The Raptors commentators are not that bad when compared to the average commentators.

    Agreed on Hubie Brown as well; he's the best by far.

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    Quote ceez wrote: View Post
    Shaq is absolutely abysmal
    Yeah he is, but he gives you inside information. Like a behind the scenes guy. He's hilarious too, but other than that all he talks about is his own achievements and what he's been through.

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    Mike Breen, Kevin Harlan, and always for sure Marv Albert are the best play-by-play. Ernie Johnson and Rick Kimla best hosts by far.

    David Aldridge is on-point, Chris Webber is tremendous and exciting to listen to, and I miss Mark Jackson. "Man Down! Hand Down!" The Zhar (if thats how you spell it) Mike Fratello is doing his thing.

    Charles Barkley is damn hilarious, plus when gives an opinion, hell he can back it up.

    Like I said before, Miami's commentators are by far the best duo out there besides Harlan & Fratello.

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    Barkley just has a funny ass voice. Mark jackson is boss too bad he went to go coach the defensive challenged Warriors

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    Man Thats Turrible!

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