Steph's career ceiling should be sideline reporter. I'm just not impressed. I actually like Steve and hope he sticks around.
What's Paul Silas doing nowadays? Doesn't he live in the area? Not sure he's got a great voice but he was always an amiable guy and could likely break down a game better than the group selected.
I for one am a huge steve martin fan. I was really sad when they let matt devlin go - I thought he was good, but martin seems to be unafraid in his commentary. He will regularly call out the refs on bad calls, and plays that he sees as dirty (the hip check by bynum leading to wallaces injury comes to mind). I agree often he has bad jokes, but all in all, he is good at the job.
I also could not be more happy that Ready is knocked up. I recall reading that she will not be able to do road games soon because she will not be able to travel. She just does not add any level of insight during her color commentary. On the sideline I felt she could think about plays, break down trends and make good points, but when she is on the spot she rarely is insightful.
For what it's worth, I think you have a great (Re: objective) perspective on him, Big Slam, since you don't have the nostalgia or local ties that make me a fan of his.
"The Charlotte Hornets name has been a mainstay throughout the region for many years, and we are excited to announce our intention to re-establish this historic brand. We believe that its return will galvanize our fan base by unifying our loyal Bobcats fans with those who have strong memories of our city's NBA predecessor." MJ, 5-21-13
Something tells me that after Steph's baby is born she isnt going to want to travel all over the country hosting games on TV... At least thats what my ole lady says...
......Go Bobcats!!!!! (Hornets) ..
Steve Martin is a favorite of mine for nostalgic reasons as well, I grew up on the Hornets and he's been a staple of the area, and is not afraid to mix in his opinions and isn't a complete homer, yet he gets excited, I can remember him doing a big Hornets regular season game against Shaq when he was in Orlando, and his voice actually hit squealing levels when the Hive was alive, lol.
But I digress, I voted for Gminski because of his natural chemistry with Martin, and the fact he's got some good basketball knowledge and can be balanced with mixing in some jokes and remarks from time to time. Stephanie isn't a bad choice, but I like her better as the sideline reporter and halftime/postgame lead for now. She can possibly grow into the analyst's position in a year or two, but I think she needs a little more work there from hearing her this season. Off topic, she is a beautiful woman, and when I found out she was engaged two years ago my dreams of wooing her died a horrible death, lol. For those of you who haven't seen her in person before she was pregnant, all I can say is I'm sorry you didn't.
The G-man. Him and Steve used to do ACC games together if I'm not mistaken and they were quite good together.
G-Man and Steve did the Duke-Maryland game today, and they worked really, really well together. Obviously they already have the experience, but Steve sounded better than usual, less scripted and less dominating. And no bad jokes.