There were way too many comments to read through during last nights draft that I'm sure this has been said at least a dozen or so times but, ESPN CRAPPED THE BED LAST NIGHT....
I know it's all over the internet but I had to vent because I couldn't believe how bad last nights NBA draft telecast was. I'm not even sure where to start so let's start with the on-air "talent". Why ESPN feels the need to put Jon Barry and Jeff Van Gundy on the broadcast at all is baffling. They added virtually nothing to the entire show. At least Van Gundy can talk about fit and coaching decisions, all Barry did was add akward silences and unusable predictions. Saying that the team should just draft the best player at their particular position of need is so lazy. Did he even read through any of the player profiles?
Jay BIlas deserves his own paragraph: Does ESPN have Kirk Herbstreit break down the whole NFL draft? Then why would they have Bilas break down the NBA draft? Using their thinking why not just have Dick Vitale yelling the whole show? Bilas has no idea how these guys are going to translate to the NBA. He can definitely tell you how they played in college but does that really matter? These people are being drafted for how they are going to play in the NBA in the future. And if I have to hear him say one more time that a guy with a 7 foot wing span has the wing span of a guy 7 feet tall I might throw my remote through the TV. What does that even mean? Does everyone that is 7 feet tall have a 7 foot wingspan? There is a big difference in how he states it that continually grated on me the whole telecast. He also knows absolutely nothing about the foreign players so he's worthless to discuss them.
Whether you like his opinions or not ESPN pays Chad Ford to be their draft expert. Yet as far as I saw he was not on the telecast at all. Using the NFL example again that would be like them not having Mel Kiper or Todd McShay to break down draft picks. It makes absolutely no sense. I actually think that if Chad Ford puts in the time to scout these players ESPN should at a minimum reward his efforts. I thought he did a great job via twitter last night. I'd also like to see them put John Hollinger's ugly mug on the screen to describe his draft rater. It almost seems like ESPN dumbs down the coverage because they don't think people want to hear the in depth analysis, when in fact that exactly what hardcore NBA fans are after. At least they had Fran Frashchilla on to give some insight on the European players, although I don't think he does great work either.
Now that the "talent" is out of the way could the telecast itself have been any worse? The long pauses, the microphone used for the intererviews cutting in and out, the poor timing going in and out of commercials. The whole thing was one big cluster. Whoever produced the draft should at a minimum be demoted if not outright fired. And don't get me started how far behind the on-air people were on the draft trades. There is no reason they need to be 20+ minutes behind on these trades that great reporters have already reported via twitter. Christ, Chad Ford had all of these trades down, why weren't these passed on to the t.v. viewers?
If ESPN doesn't do a major overhaul on their telecast for next year I don't think I can sit through that again and will not be watching.
Thanks for letting me vent!