He is right, I switched over during the ESPN halftime and they didn't say anything about the bomb, I did not post anything about it because I figured I just must have missed it.
INDY NOT WILLING TO BOMB AT PALACE
DALE AND HEARTY: Dale Davis (left) turned in resurgent performance Friday night to help Pacers rip Carlos Delfino and Pistons 94-81 after bomb threat delayed game at The Palace.
March 27, 2005 -- SUBJECT: Pacers Strike Blow for "Forced Bussing"
Really, can anything else happen to Indiana this season? Returning on Friday night to the scene of the slime at Auburn Hills for the first time since November, what passes for the Pacers were greeted by a pre-game locker room bomb scare.
After being evacuated from The Palace and scrambling on and off the team bus three times — delaying the start of the game 90 minutes — Indiana then proceeded to dismantle Detroit, 94-81.
Five Pacers dabbled in double figures to end the Pistons' dozen-game dominance at home and Dale Davis flexed for nine points and 13 rebounds. Seems to me a couple of Warriors and Blazers coaches need to explain why they have such trouble the last couple of years finding time for Indy's reclaimed macho man. His game may not be pretty, but the results are resplendent.
While the season series between Indy and Detroit is over (2-2), this might easily be a first-round (No. 2 vs. No. 7) playoff matchup. You sort of get the feeling David Stern isn't thrilled at this prospect. Immediately after last night's game he held an emergency since with Larry O'Brien to see if he wanted his old job back.
Following November's Malice at the Palace, ESPN's "players' analysts" babbled so badly they were required to recant the very next day. So it's perfectly understandable why no perspective was solicited at halftime (of the Suns-Heat hoe-down) regarding such an alarming event as a bomb threat when two NBA teams and a capacity crowd may have been in grave danger.
Yeah, by all means, brusquely reporting the grim incident and skipping over to the next stimulating subject was the obvious journalistic posture to adopt.
Why would the cable network's audience want any further information, viewpoints or live reaction (by video phone, whatever) from an eyewitness in the middle of the muddle when they could hear Tim Legler, Greg Anthony and Stephan A. Smith regurgitate longing gazes and worn out phrases re Chris Webber's excruciating acclimatization to Allen Iverson and coach Jim O'Brien?
Why would viewers want to be updated with real life drama when they can review the highlights of the Miami-Phoenix first half?
Talk about a "team" intent on reaffirming it's incapacity to think on its feet and adjust to a crisis!
No, you're absolutely right; like ESPN's studio savants, the deep thinkers at T(ruly)N(othing)T(here) wouldn't have said anything worth repeating. But at least producer Tim "Rodin" Kiley would've torn up the halftime script and dealt with the squalid business on tap.
Subject: Sonics Coach Disqualifies Himself On A Couple Counts
Despite Nate McMillan, Seattle beat back the Knicks' unwelcome advances in OT Friday, 109-101. After what I saw droop-jawed in the final ticks of the tock in regulation he's no longer high on my honors list.
With 21.8 seconds remaining, Sonics up three, Knicks in possession, McMillan, for some unknown reason, orders Stephon Marbury fouled. At the time he was 25 feet from the hoop and in moderate dribble. Since Seattle is in the penalty Marbury shoots — and converts — two free throws. Thus Luke Ridnour is under intense pressure to sink his two shots when he's subsequently fouled intentionally.
Again, Sonics up three, Knicks in possession, only this time there are 13.9 seconds left on the game clock when the Sonics allow Marbury (McMillan's orders, I can't help but assume) to sashay unmolested to the hoop for a basket.
Again, Ridnour is fouled. Again, he makes both. Again, the Sonics are up three with 11.9 to go. Only this time, following a Knicks time out, instead or ordering the man with the ball fouled before he's in the act of hoisting a three, the Sonics give Tim Thomas the necessary time and space to tie.
For needlessly extending this game, McMillan should forfeit any thought of getting a long-term extension.
Subject: Heat Stroke Overpowers Sun Stroke
In clinching the Southeast Division with a dozen games to go Miami won a franchise-record 16th consecutive home game. Dwyane Wade (35 points, including a 64-foot shot to end the third), Shaquille O'Neal and Eddie Jones combined for 83 points. Alonzo Mourning was a DNP-coach's decision. "I didn't want him to risk burnout before buyout," Stan Van Gundy clarified.
Subject: T-Mac's Hip Check
Tracy McGrady went down and out Friday in New Orleans, suffering a first-quarter hip injury after colliding with Yao Ming. McGrady's status for the Easter Sunday national TV Alamo affair is up in the air. From force of habit, ABC is thinking about switching to the Lakers.
The Hornets are now 0-14 in their own (Southwest) division. A defeat last night at Memphis, as well as April Fool's night in Houston, and New Orleans shall become the first team to lose all of its divisional games in a season. "If only Jimmy Jackson had reported," Bryon Scott lamented.
Subject: Rabbit's Feat
That's right, boys and girls. Today is Easter, when all the bunnies get together and try to out-multiply Shawn Kemp.