“Now, let’s get a good Game 2, too”

I know that I’m not the only one who tuned out the first round of the NBA playoffs.  One epic series between the Celtics & Bulls cannot make up for 7 other first-round series of mostly intolerable basketball.

But, the second round brings a new level of excitement and maybe some “Amazing” will actually happen more regularly for the duration of the next 6 weeks. 

Orlando and Houston both stole homecourt advantage from Boston and Los Angeles, respectively, last night.  Denver looks to extend its lead tonight against Dallas and Cleveland (with newly-crowned MVP LeBron James) opens its second-round series against Atlanta this evening as well.

I have to say that I like the news, notes, highlights, and generally readable format that the NBA utilizes to keep fans up-to-date on the playoffs here

Of course, they are not perfect at NBA.com.  I cannot fathom how, in this day and age, the editors cannot keep photos of active playoff participants up-to-date.  Just check out these photos from the player pages of Rafer Alston, Kyle Lowry, and Stephon Marbury.  That’s just embarrassing.  These are guys playing legitimate playoff minutes and none of them just suited up for their current teams yesterday.

NBA.com's current player page for Orlando's Rafer Alston (formerly of the Houston Rockets)

NBA.com's current player page for Orlando's Rafer Alston (formerly of the Houston Rockets)

I noticed these (along with many others for players on teams not among the final eight) and actually took the time to point it out to the folks at NBA.com.  Here is the exchange from about one month ago:

C’mon, NBA.com – you are better than this!  A quick review of the player pages reveals outdated photos for Stephon Marbury, Darius Miles, Drew Gooden and others.  It’s inexcusable that you can’t keep photos current for the few hundred active NBAers in your database.  I encourage you to make these edits soon.

And the form response I received was returned in the following email:

Thank you for your comments about NBA.com.  We are continually working to improve the site and enhance the fan experience, and your feedback is essential to that process.

We view our Web site as a critical component of our live games, and seek to compliment the on-court action by providing online the most interactive, up-to-date and accurate information about the NBA.   Last season alone, NBA.com had over one billion visits – with 60% coming from outside the U.S.  It is an integral part of how fans stay involved in – and informed about – our game.  

Thank you for your helpful feedback and support of the NBA.


NBA Fan Relations

Yes, once again, the voice of the fan has been heard!  Oh well – maybe it’s just me, but it seems that somebody at the NBA would actually care about these things. 

Weren’t David Stern and his minions image-conscious at one time?  Stern’s bio says that he “leads a league that is a model for professional sports in league operations, public service, global marketing and digital technology.”  I would recommend that they start tending to the basics.

But I digress.  Let’s take it back to the hardwood – I would be remiss if I did not point out the unsung efforts in these playoffs of one Shane Battier

Shane Battier

Shane Battier

I will forever hold it against him that he is a Dukie, but it’s impossible not to appreciate his game.  If you did not catch Michael Lewis’ brilliant story on him back in February (“The No-Stats All-Star”), I highly recommend that you take the time to read through it.  Especially if you are a Laker fan staring at a must-win Game 2 tomorrow night. 

Houston might just be building something – and Battier will be in the middle of it one way or the other.  One game at a time.

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~ by acm213 on May 5, 2009.

2 Responses to ““Now, let’s get a good Game 2, too””

  1. Can I get a job at NBA.com?

  2. that battier article by lewis is an absolute GEM.

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