Clyde the Glide not always smooth
BAY AREA NEWS GROUP
Posted: 02/07/2009 05:41:37 PM PST
Call it the Lamar Thomas Award for inappropriate broadcasting.
Last week during a game against the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets color analyst Clyde Drexler made some unfortunate comments after center Yao Ming repeatedly scored against Bulls forward Andres Nocioni.
"That's like clubbing baby seals," Drexler said on Fox Sports Houston. "There's nothing Nocioni can do."
That's not quite as bad as Thomas' infamous comments during a Comcast Sports Southeast broadcast of a Miami-Florida International football game a couple of years ago. After a brutal brawl broke out between the teams, Thomas, a former Miami player, said: "Now, that's what I'm talking about. You come into our house, you should get your behind kicked. ... You can't come over to our place talking noise like that. You'll get your butt beat. I was about to go down the elevator to get in that thing.
"I say, why don't they just meet outside in the tunnel after the ballgame and get it on some more?"
What was similar is the nervous reaction from the play-by-play man in each case. Thomas' partner simply chuckled nervously. Drexler's partner, Bill Worrell, said: "Oh, no. Give me a better picture."
"Well, he's helpless, basically," Drexler said. "OK, I'll work on one."
"Oh, please," Worrell said.
The incident prompted a statement from Rockets spokesman Nelson Luis.
"We spoke with Clyde regarding his statement during Tuesday night's game," he
said. "Clyde regrets his comments, and we're satisfied with his response to this issue and consider the matter closed."
Drexler, who was voted as one of the NBA's greatest players, apparently isn't headed for such a distinction in broadcasting.