Said it before and I’ll say it again: I love NBAtv. Hours and hours of people that know something about basketball sifting through the nightly highlights. And when the show’s over, it loops!
Every Tuesday Ahmad Rashad, Chris Webber and Gary Payton host the show. It’s not exactly like you’ve joined them at Ahmad’s house to watch a game; but the only difference is they’d be dressed in sweats and not suits. Other than that, it’s exactly the same. It’s another Festivus miracle!
Webber and Payton are working so well together that they used them to fill in for Charles Barkley last week on Inside the NBA. They did a great job of infusing some life into a show that’s been getting a bit stale. Less and less basketball was being talked about each week, but Webber loves to talk hoops and he does it well. Payton loves to talk too (no secret here). He’s a perfect sidekick - opinionated, has an ego but doesn’t try to hide it, and isn’t afraid to offend. Plus, he’s got the sweetest Draft Day card you’ll ever see:
The combo of the look, the suit, and the green phone is all Payton baby (did I mention the phone?). And as unique as he is in the studio, he was just as unique on the floor. An incredible combo of skills on both ends. He is the only point guard ever to win defensive player of the year. How amazing is that fact? Here are the names from the past 20 years of DPOY: Cooper, Jordan, Eaton, Rodman, Robinson, Olajuwon, Mutombo, Mourning, Wallace, Artest, Camby, Garnett AND… Payton.
Given my love of the show, I thought I’d let you in on a fun little game I play every Tuesday night in my living room. It’s called “What the hell did Gary Payton just say?”, and he always gives me one good shot at playing it each week. Here’s this week’s episode:
**Edit: A viewer has discovered that it’s even funnier the 2nd time if you listen but don’t watch. Damn if he isn’t right.
“Join us next Wednesday at Didn’t Draw Iron for another episode of…. ‘What the Hell did Gary Payton Just Say?’”!