Charlotte, NC – August 17, 2015 – Ballantyne Hotel: Portrait of Dave Pasch (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

One of the perils of the NBA courtside position is that it is right smack dab in the middle of the beautiful people seats. It used to be that press row was located there, but team owners seeing the potential of beaucoup dollars of the front row seats put the media elsewhere in the arena leaving the NBA broadcast partners seated next to fans.

Normally, the fans are respectful and leave the announcers alone, but that wasn’t the case Wednesday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles as the Clippers hosted the Memphis Grizzlies. ESPN’s Dave Pasch had a fan who was droning on about something and was bleeding into the microphones. So Dave did the one thing that he was trained to do as a broadcaster and that was to keep talking. Take a look:

The best line was Dave saying, “I’m trying to talk as much as I can hoping to drown out the fan sitting next to us that’s just babbling.” Sometimes, you just have to call it as it is and in Dave’s case, he found that he could out-talk the fan.

Of course, Dave has some experience in sitting next to someone who talks endlessly especially during Pac-12 Conference play when he partners with Bill Walton.

About Ken Fang

Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013.

He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television.

Fang celebrates the four Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.

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