I think we’re beginning to see mounting empirical evidence that the packed NBA schedule is beginning to take its toll on the league’s broadcasters. First there was the now infamous tirade launched by Ian Eagle against Mike Fratello. Then, there was Jeff Van Gundy flipping out on flopping and challenging the league office to act. But, perhaps the craziest NBA announcing clip of the weekend comes from Utah Jazz radio play-by-play man David Locke.
The Jazz, on the outside of the playoffs at the moment, were trailing Memphis by 3 in the final seconds. Derrick Favors had a chance to tie the game as he was fouled attempting a layup. But, instead of making the basket and having a chance to tie on an old-fashioned three-point play, Favors missed a bunny. This caused Locke, in his third year with the Jazz, to lose his mind.
It’s amazing the emotional roller coaster one feels when listening to this, well… gobbledygook. There’s anger, frustration, exasperation, despair, and then a hint of a return to normalcy at the very end. All in all though, it’s fantastic that Locke let loose with exactly what he was feeling, even if he couldn’t quite put it into words. And, Locke seemed to be a good sport about it on his personal Twitter page. Maybe Locke can use his now relevant gibberishing skills to appear on this famous game show. Or maybe, he really is slowly going insane from a stressful NBA season. Safe to say NBA broadcasters like Ian Eagle, Jeff Van Gundy, and now David Locke deserve a nice long vacation at the end of the year. Start counting down the days.