By Nick Margiasso, NBA.com
I was saving and saving, collecting the best calls of the NBA season’s first full month from the league’s most, err, interesting announcers. They were going to be jam-packed into one blog highlighting the best of the best and posted at the end of November.
Then it happened.
The Clippers’ TV announcers happened.
These guys, Ralph Lawler and Mike Smith, just did work on this night. Strange diatribes, crazy logic and just plain screaming — they had it all working for them on November 28. They just blew away a month’s worth of team announcers’ great calls, and certainly deserve their own moment in the sun. So, here’s the Clips announcers’ greatest hits and a breakdown of what it all meant to a fan lucky enough to have listened to a true ‘Perfect Game’ called during the Clippers contest.
Clippers Announcers: “Ladies and gentlemen, it’s our first wedgie of the season. There’s got to be a website that keeps track of that … NBA.com/wedgie?”
Me: I can assure you, that is not a real web page on this site … yet.
Shah-vedd, you say?
Clippers Announcers: “The ‘V’ is not silent. Name a word with a silent ‘V.’”
Me: Huh? This exchange came at the expense of Wolves guard Alexey Shved. They didn’t drop the ‘V’ after all, though, opting to go with the definitely incorrect Shah-vedd pronunciation. Hey, it could have been worse, Alexey … you could have been “Shed.”
Landing on a hundred
Clippers Announcers: “First to 100 wins, it’s the [Lawler's] law.”
Me: Nonsense right there. Just plain nonsense. Love it.
Scream and shout
Clippers Announcers: “Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan … SLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM dunk.”