Yes it’s true. We love ESPN’s new hire Jon Barry as the third chap in the booth with Tirico and Walton. Here’s why……
We’ve made fun of Walton before. He’s oafy and he exagerates things greatly, but we believe him. He’s very John Madden in that way. Well Jon Barry did the perfect job of bobbing and weaving with him all night, and the two of them created the chemistry that Tirico wishes he had in the MNF booth. Some highlights…….
After Walton said that the Lakers have a chance to win the Pacific Division Barry chimes in with….
“Luke Walton plays for the Lakers and I’m sure his father is pulling for him, but I have to disagree with him and say the Suns run away with this thing”- Jon Barry
The comment was funny and nowhere near the “I’m Right…You’re Wrong!” mentality of the pregame show.
Another great exchange came between Tirico and Barry. Tirico asked Barry to elaborate on why Steve Nash was so special because he’s played against him before. JB goes into his piece, “He’s just so special”, but the Clips broke out on a fastbreak, so he stopped in the middle so Tirico could call the play. The Suns get the ball back and Nash is not even to halfcourt when he says….
“Like this…watch….he’s going to get another assist right here.”- JB
Well he was right….a full 3 seconds before Nash got an assist on the fastbreak.
But my favorite comment of the night came after Bill Walton’s piece on Red Auerbach. Billy stated that Red was such a shrewd trader of players that people would purposely avoid dealing with him. Jon Barry had this to say.
“Well I don’t know that he was always shrewd…..He did trade me for Alaa Abdelnaby”
He stumbled a couple of times, but nothing too noticeable. It was a great rookie performance….especially since it was the Suns and you can barely get a word out of your mouth before they sprint down the court and score. Keep up the good work Jon……really……you don’t want to get on our bad side.
As for Mike Breen and Hubie…..we’ll get to that later, but they can go to hell for all I care.