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Under review: Grading the Warriors' Media/Broadcast Staff

Do you like the team's commentators and analysts? Do you like the CSN staff? Who should Lacob fire and who should he keep?

 

Over the years, I've become fond of some of our current members. Some, not so much. Although they don't decide the outcome of any game, it still matters to those who are committed to watching/listening to 75+ games every year. Here are my personal grades and opinions, I'm curious to know yours. I hope Lacob does the right thing come decision time.

 

Jim Barnett - B

+'s

I have a lot of respect for Barnett and his observations of the game. He's an experienced student of the sport who offers insight and rarely distracts his focus from the task at hand. I particularly enjoy his anecdotes from his days with greats like Rick Barry and Bill Russell. Linguistically, he's always coherent, classy, and takes pride in thoroughly explaining a play so that it is understood without question. He doesn't make excuses for stupid plays and players. Overall, a very quality color commentator. 

-'s

My only complaint about Barnett's style is the obvious high esteem in which he holds himself. It's usually easy to overlook and almost understand, since he was a professional. But honestly, sometimes the "As I've said's", the search for the biggest possible word to use, the redundancies of his predictions throughout the game, and his badge flashing can get more than a little annoying. It's more of an amusing annoyance, as one can understand what comes with growing older and having a past in the spotlight. It's excusable, but keeps him from earning a solid A.

Replacement

At this point, I don't think it would be fair or necessary to abandon Barnett's services. Arguably, I'd be interested to hear Rick Barry's color commentating over Mr. Barnett's. I used to listen to Barry when he had a show on KNBR with Rod Brooks. He struggled on the show. He regularly pulled a rank and called many callers/listeners morons when they're opinion differed from his. But that's Rick, and more often than not, he was right.

Either way, he knows everything about the sport, good speaker, and he's the greatest player from the Warriors who is currently alive. I hang on every word he has to offer about a player. His zeal for the game and the way it should be played is both instructive and inspiring. There could be some chemistry issues if the play-by-play guy strays too often from his element, as Barry is not shy about offering correction, and is capable of being particularly brutal.

 

Bob Fitzgerald - F

+'s

Fitzgerald provides the  common lingo that is found amongst the majority of competent P-by-P commentators. He's quick with his words and he calls a clean game when he wants to. He does not lack emotion...

 

-'s

Where to begin....He tries to be a color guy. He's not. He should just call the game or shut his mouth. Let Barnett do the job he was hired to do. When he's finished, carry on calling the game. That is all.

His voice. I can't tolerate Bob's whiny delivery every time a player rises for a dunk worth 2 points. He squeals with the same excitement I'd expect from a 13-year-old fan boy who's room is pasted with James White posters. His lingering, little praises over circumstances within the game that are entirely irrelevant to it's outcome are pathetic, and can only contribute to making fans misinformed, thousands at a time.

His cowardice. Fitzgerald is a low character guy who has never asked a tough question, never stood up for what is "right" when giving his readily offered opinion about the team, and is constantly excusing unacceptability. Example: He always blasts Curry for the one-handed pass, (even though it's his timing/stubbornness that is the problem, not the delivery) but has he ever confronted Steph about it? Nope. Instead, he slithers his tongue as far up Curry's or any other player's backside with gleaming compliments that are only answered with a fake chuckle.

On his KNBR show, I've listened to him flush callers who've been waiting for hours to get a word in, before even finishing a sentence because they don't agree with his apologetic, yes-man crap. He's hung up on people who have essentially parroted some of the same things Steinmetz and Lacob have said, because he's too afraid to offer honest insight, and counter the only thing that has guaranteed his survival thus far: His undeterred commitment as one of the finest brown-nosers in sports history. How agreeable and convenient with an owner like Cohan, right?

He has no knowledge of the sport. I remember Bob's early career with the team. What he knows now, is what he's learned along the ride. The way he feeds off Barnett makes me ill. I appreciate Jim Barnett's silence when Fitz is making an ass out of himself. Notice Barnett's response when the team is down 20 and manages to put together a small run, and Bob blurts out, "THEY JUST WON"T GO AWAY!!!" ....silence..... Jim knows that Bob is a fool for rewarding the team for being in a bad position through playing bad basketball. Barnett does not mistake competitiveness for cutting a 20-point-lead to 10 when the game is already decided. Cold part about it is, I don't even think Bob does. That's just his lot in life as a gutless brown-noser, masquerading his unworthiness through fan boy homerism.

The patriotic tone Bob forms when the team is fighting it's way out of an ugly spell, reminds me of an overbearing, love-drunk mother who's narrating her druggy son limp his way out the rehab center, propel over his neglected children, and crawl to the nearest church with his palms out for bread and refuge. The climbing hope in his shrilly voice is so distasteful when he's mentioning a struggling player's stats, following him around the floor with a magnifying glass, and screaming with ecstasy every time he grabs an uncontested rebound, as if he's surely well on his way back to glory.

You can watch a play that is completely devoid of fundamentals and duty, and if it results in "MONTA ELLIS FLASHING TO THE BALL!!!" it should be considered a "good play" in the eyes of the average fan. It's just terrible for the understanding of the game.

 

Replacement

I'd like to see Greg Pappa team up with either Barnett or Barry. I love Pappa's call, and loved him on the radio before Tim Roye came to work. I''m not sure how his contract works out for the Raiders, but it would be a pleasure to have him back. He's the kind of guy who's been in the business, and can let analysts like Jim and possibly Barry, do what they do best without interference.

 

Tim Roye - B

+'s

Calls a close, tight game. I feel he offers genuine opinion when he strays from the play-by-play. Good radio voice.

 

-'s

Some of the things he says are kind of corny. "ELEVATION SENSATION!" is one of them. But pretty much, Roye does a good job describing a complicated movement and it's relation to other players on the court fairly accurately and in a short period of time. I think he's a good radio analyst.

 

Replacement

I like Roye where he stands.

 

Matt Steinmetz - A

 

+'s

Matt is the people's champ. To me, he became a figure during the whole Rowell/Mullin debacle, and did a fine job covering the Stephen Jackson situation. There's no lying in him, and he's very, very good at asking players/coaches/management tough questions. For a guy who shows his face a lot in front of the camera and has to interact a lot with whoever he's offering criticism to, I've got to respect him. He's played the game before at a fairly high level, not that it matters that much, but I respect the opinions of those who have experienced the marrow of the game, first hand. I may be biased towards Steinmetz because I really tend to agree with a lot of his assertions concerning the directions the team should move towards, regarding it's roster and style.

-'s

Some of his writing is really sub-par. At this point, he doesn't seem enthused enough about that area of his work, understandably so. I'd like to see him just focus on his telecast. Also, I've heard him rebuke guys like Fitzgerald and Radnich, but he didn't quite go for the killer blow. I loved that he put them in their place, because nobody ever does. I'm fairly confident he could put his foot on someone like Fitzie's neck and not ease off, once he's backed them into a corner, and get away with it. If he does that, I'd be happy to have him around for decades, being to the Warriors what Howard Cosell was to boxing.

Replacement

I'm a little curious to see how Steinmetz would do as a color analyst. I don't think it's his niche, but it would be fun to see him try.

 

Gary St. Jean -A

+'s

What a character. Just a lot of personality. I'm not sure if Gary, Steinmetz, and the lot of them work for CSN or the Warriors exclusively, but I'll grade them anyway.

I've met St. Jean on several occasions, as I have Barnett, Fitzgerald, and Pappa. He's really a genuinely good person. Maybe he's not much of a GM or a coach, but he understands the game, he's fun to talk and listen to, and you can tell he shares a true intimacy with the game. You've got to respect that. He's made horrible trades, signings, and draft choices, but he also drafted Jason, and everyone eventually deserves a fresh start. I blame Cohan for making him GM, more than I blame the Irishman for screwing it up. He gets me in the mood before the game, and he's not upsetting after a tough loss.

-'s

He reminds me of Santa Claus.

Replacement

I'm happy he replaced Nate Thurmond. Nate was a great talent, but come on, lighten up a little.

 

Henry Wofford - C-

+'s

Never stops smiling. Keeps the mood loose and agreeable.

-'s

Never stops smiling, often laughs for no reason, very plastic, sounds like Barney.

Jaymee Sire - B

+'s

She's extremely attractive for a chipmunk, gets to and past the point, knows a little about the game, doesn't pretend to be more than she is, respects the players, doesn't buy into flattery.

-'s

Although she does it less than she used to, she some times moves her mouth in a very annoying way without blinking and keeps a rigid neck. She looks like a ventriloquist's doll when she does that. I'm glad she's stepping away from that act, and becoming comfortable being a little more genuine.

 

Gary Radnich - F

+'s

None.

-'s

He's the kind of guy I hate. Undeniably a tool. Matt Steinmetz confronted him and asked him about his "False bravado". I loved it. Radnich thinks he's some kind of ring leader because he hasn't been fired for 20 years on KNBR. He never talks sports on his show, it's always meaningless trivia that has nothing to do with anything that matters in the sports world. He's a sexist who engages in talking about breast size when people are trying to call in and talk about the team.

When he's on the Warriors telecast, it's obvious he doesn't care about the team, nor does he even pretend to hide this fact. His brash arrogance suggests that he can talk about and say anything he wants to without consequence, and he is constantly brandishing this phony patriotism towards his peers, cutting them off in mid-sentence just to say something worthless that only he finds amusing. Seriously, does anybody like this ass? He may be the one person I can tolerate Fitzgerald over. Even listening to the Lacob interview, he was so condescending and rude at times. I sensed Lacob's annoyance by the time the show was over, and Lacob even kidded about it.

Replacement

A dead body. joke

 

Damon Andrews - B

+'s

He's affable and he let's the others speak. He actually listens instead of waiting for his turn, and he doesn't use the falsetto voice as much as he has in the past.

-'s

Some times he gets a little too goofy, and he changes everyone's nickname every show.

 

How would you grade the team?

This FanPost is a submission from a member of the mighty Golden State of Mind community. While we're all here to throw up that W, these words do not necessarily reflect the views of the GSoM Crew. Still, chances are the preceding post is Unstoppable Baby!

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