With the 2012-2013 NBA season upon us in but a few short weeks, we here at ALTTAB have been checking back in with the L to see what’s new. While I’m sure everyone is aware of the off-season team shuffling among players, a new development has bubbled up that may have a big impact on your basketball watching this year: Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons will be joining the desk on NBA Countdown.
Rose is a longtime favorite around these parts and while Simmons is definitely influential (The Book of Basketball is on the main bookshelf here in the studio), his stock, with me at least, was at its highest probably two or three years ago. The best news here is the departure of Chris Broussard who never made any sense on that show. Broussard, the blue twitter bird with the vacant expression, didn’t have the gravitas to talk before, after, or at the same table with Magic Johnson, much less Jon Berry. Speaking of whom, Berry will be transitioning to in-game work. Deadspin, while claiming to not snark, snarked that this revamped NBA Countdown “threatens to be tolerable.”
We shall see.