Brog: ABC Might Want To Freshen Up NBA Display

I’m happy to report that I’m back in Los Angeles for the summer, after five delightful days driving from Miami. First day back, I was at Game 5 of the NBA Finals, which extended the inevitable Boston series triumph by at least one more 48-minute epoch (has a team ever looked worse in a win than Sunday @ Staples?)

Brooks Bill Walton Stephen A Smith

Before the game, I waited for Jerry Buss to pull up with a limo-full of teenie strippers drank in the *electric* atmosphere outside the arena, which featured a chance to admire an embarrassingly outdated display of ABC NBA broadcasters. Best part: Getting to let Stephen A. know how the vast majority of respirating, bipedal NBA fans felt about his past on-air contribution.

Mike Tirico Jeff Van Gundy

The fan photo-op broadcast desk was part of an RV-display that featured cutouts of ABC’s NBA broadcast team, which as you can imagine had passing fans bursting with excitement. One small detail: Smith and Bill Walton aren’t on ABC’s coverage of the NBA Finals.

Staples Center Parking

It’s also nice to see the (Celtics-operated?) Staples-area parking guys weren’t in a mood to gouge Game 5 attendees. Let’s see, buy a quarter-tank of gas, or park for the game?

I traveled around Los Angeles (Pasadena down to Venice) quite a bit yesterday to acquaint myself with how my town was feeling before the game. I was surprised. No car flags, no lines outside of sports bars, no buzz. I know it was Father’s Day, and the Lakers were down 3-1, but I expected at least some excitement around town. But it’s been exceedingly flaccid, especially compared to the early ’90s championship Shaq-n-Kobe era.

Apparently, the country is similarly laissez-faire. The ratings have been better than last year’s putrid numbers, but as Barry Horn of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS wrote, “(ESPN/ABC and the NBA) dreamed of a return to double-digit ratings with Lakers-Celtics, but the numbers have been a disappointment. America knew Michael Jordan. Apparently, Kobe Bryant is no Michael Jordan.

Rocco Mediate as a poker player, from WICKED CHOPS POKER:

Rocco Mediate Poker

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Schilling Calls Out Kobe; Laker Girl’s Celtic Past

Brooks is heading back to L.A., maybe snag some Game 5 seats (if necessary).

• Seems that Curt Schilling isn’t such a big fan of Kobe Bryant.

Curt Schilling Kobe Bryant

• A Laker Girl’s been caught playing for the other team - the Celtics.

Big Brown’s trainer chooses to crap all over his jockey.

• The Tampa Bay Rays have a lot of fight in them this year - even between themselves.

Oscar De La Hoya still has his panties in a bunch, once again claiming that his crossdressing phots are fakes.

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Reason For Breen’s Band-Aided Standup Revealed

I, like you, have had a field day mocking the mismatched NBA Finals broadcast team of Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson. When Breen isn’t facilitating forced humor attempts between the three, he’s giving us band-aided standups:

Mike Breen Band Aid

Thanks to some intrepid investigation by Tom Hoffarth of the L.A. DAILY NEWS, we now know the reason for the bandage.

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