Back in the Day: The NBA on NBC August 3, 2007Posted by Marquis Chapman in Back in the Day, Basketball, NBA, Sports.
Before ABC and ESPN were covering games for the NBA, NBC was the station basketball fans would tune into. From 1990-2002, NBC was synonymous with the NBA. Even today, no other network that covers the NBA can come close to NBC. The network is arguably the blueprint of basketball coverage.
Thinking back on those twelve years of amazing coverage, there were so many great things about the NBA on NBC. First, the theme song was amazing and an absolute classic. When you heard it on Saturday, you knew it was gametime. When that theme song came on, die hard fans would get a chill down there spine. The song didn’t have any words and it didn’t need any. We all knew what it represented. To this very day, a basketball fan would not have any problem humming the beat, the first couple lines anyway.
The commentators were all great on the show as well. Ahmad Rashad, Hannah Storm, Bob Costas, and Snapper Jones gave you all the insight and info you needed on the current stars of the league. Even back then, Bill Walton thought every shot was an “awful shot”. To top it off, you had Marv Albert courtside giving you the play by play. Phrases like “Yes, and it counts!” and “Oh, an amazing shot!” are still with basketball fans to this very day.
The NBA had so many legendary and memorable moments while it was being televised on NBC. Moments like Reggie Miller scoring 8 points in 11 seconds against the Knicks, and having a few words for Spike Lee afterwards, still haunts Knicks fans today. Everyone remembers the Miami Heat and New York Knick rivarly, where it seemed liked they played every Saturday against each other. And who can forget the infamous push off by a Chicago Bull to clinch the game and the series in the 1998 NBA finals against the Utah Jazz. Those are just a fraction of the great NBA moments that happened on NBC.
I still don’t understand how NBC could let such a great thing go. Even though networks like TNT are very respectable and doing well, nothing will ever come close to the NBA on NBC. I sincerely hope that they will eventually bring it back, but for now all we basketball fans can do is reminisce on how it was back in the day.