If you're anything like me, you probably watched more NBA basketball yesterday than you have for the entirety of the regular season thus far. There's something about the Christmas Day showcase that makes it the unofficial start of the regular season, at least in the consciousness of a sizable swath of sports fans.
So for me, this was the first time to really check out ESPN's revamped NBA studio crew. ESPN & ABC had all five NBA games yesterday and the crew was on the air from noon past midnight. Last year, the foursome was fearful for anyone who decided to tune in for much of the year. ESPN went with an experimental hostless format with Mike Wilbon, Chris Broussard, Jon Barry, and Magic Johnson. The results weren't pretty.
Before this season began, ESPN rebooted. Out went Barry and Broussard and in came online king Bill Simmons and rising ESPN star Jalen Rose. While still not yet on the same playing field as Turner, the results were much improved.no comments