S01E12 - Reynolds Wrap
S01E12 - Reynolds Wrap
Jerry goes over the All-Stars game, his thoughts on the league, player's association, and some of his other opinions.
Well, welcome to the Jerry Reynold's show. And, uh, basically it's going to be a little bit of a, a Reynolds wrap here and give us some opinions about several things all star game, the league players association. I've got a few thoughts for you. Uh, obviously I don't expect you to agree with me all the time, although you probably should, but first, make sure that, uh, you do subscribe.
So hit that bell and subscribe because I think you'll be glad that you did, and certainly we're just proud to be coming to you from the McCreery''s studios here at the, uh, McCreery's furniture showroom. So, uh, anyway. With all that being said, let's just get started. Uh, I think the thing that I want to talk about first is, since it's kind of what's happened, uh, the NBA all star game just recently happened.
And of course, including in that is the whole process, so to speak, where you have celebrity games, three point contest, a skills challenge, dunk contest, as well as the game. And, and . Got some thoughts on all of that as well as, uh, you know, just the overall timing of when they play the game. So my first thought kind of is, you know, of course they've had to move the game back a lot because they feel like, you know, until the, uh, NFL season's over there, obviously.
The attention just won't be there as long as, uh, and so the, as the NFL season has been pushed back, so who has the all star game and now we're at the stage where it used to be pretty much halfway through the season. When you had the all star game, 41 42 three games, it was more like that a 15, 20 years ago.
And then now it's point where most teams have played two thirds of the season at least 54 55 games. So, so really the all star game doesn't have anything to do with halfway. It is just a break in the season, which in some ways may be even better. Cause I think all the players, uh. You know, do need a break and then probably broadcasters as well.
Uh, now one thing I gotta keep in mind, um, I gotta quit using my hands so much. Mrs. Reynolds says, you're using your hands too much, so I'll try to do better there. Says driving her crazy. Of course, she's good about finding a few flaws here and there, but, uh, so I'll try to do better about that. So, so on the all star game itself, I think a lot of people, at least.
Felt like the, that the league is on the right track because the game ended up very, uh, exciting, I think, a lot, or just listened to a lot of people's opinion. I'm not of that, I don't know that I agree with that. I think it did, it was exciting at the end, but I, I'm still one of those people. I know old school curmudgeon, if you want to say that, but I, I just believe, uh.
It should be more competitive from the start. Not, not wait until the fourth quarter or the, or the end of the game to, to get to that point. And, and that's still where we are. They certainly competed hard at the end, but, uh, why not the first half as much, you know, other than just a glorified. Dunk drill in three point contest.
So you know that, that that part bothers me. And I, I, I heard a great suggestion. I at least I, that I think is great from a Michael, we'll bond on pardon interruption on ESPN. I dunno if you get. People watch that show, but I, it's one of my favorites. Uh, he and Tony Kornheiser, I think just do a marvelous job, but his suggestion was that they should have for the all star game, uh, you know, it becomes a American all-stars versus a world all stars.
And of course, the world, all stars that are in the NBA, and there's plenty of them. Uh, just, uh, just wanted to jot down a few of them just for your thoughts here. If you had a world all star team that. That are NBA players. You'd have guys like Nicola yoke, each, Joel Embiid, uh, Yonis, Kupo Vukovich, uh, Ben Simmons, uh, go bear Don , uh, to Bogdanovich is, uh, and of course, maybe buddy Heald a gallon airy Steven Adams.
Uh. The Andre eight and maybe at some point could be there. So, and that's, I'm sure I've left off several, so you can see it's it. If you just took those first five or six I mentioned, that'd be more than enough of a challenge for the very best American all-stars. And I think it would be a naturally competitive game from the start.
You wouldn't have to wait till the fourth quarter. To see guys are competing with one another that I think the competitive juices would flow and I think that'd be a real event and get it back to the way it used to be. You know, back when people my age used to watch it in the 70s when they really did, the money itself was a factor because the guys players didn't make that much money.
And the winning team and winning meant a lot to them. And so I'd like to, you know, I'd like to see that. I'd like to see the very best players playing at their best and competing at their best. Uh, the whole game. Just like you would, you'd want to see during the regular season. So give that a thought. I think the, uh, of the events, uh, certainly, uh, the three point contest, I, I think you could almost leave that just as it is.
I, I mean, I'm not a big fan of the extra point for the, the, the real long shots, but that's okay. The G balls or whatever they're called, I don't know. Uh, but if they want to keep that and that's okay. It was exciting. Uh. Bunch of great shooters. Very happy that buddy healed of the Kings one. But, uh, you know, it's just a, it was just a really a fun thing to watch because you had so many great shooters and it came down to a shot.
And the last shot. And so that's kind of what you always hope for. Uh, so, so I wouldn't really mess with that much. I think the, uh, same way probably with the skills competition. I don't know what, the only thing I might do is, is, is just allow for a, maybe a shorter jump shot to, to, to end it because, uh, sometimes a guy can have, have shown the most skill, but then he has a tough time.
He, he doesn't. Make the longer jump shot, and I'm not sure that's what it's about. It just make a shot. So just a thought there. Uh, Nana's is a. Yeah. The dunk contest, you know, the, the guys, of course you had a little controversy because a lot of people thought Aaron Gordon should have won. And for those of you watched it, I think you could make that case.
But I, I have no problem with the Derek Jones winner. They were both great. I just thought overall, the scoring and how it was handled was pretty, uh, pretty Bush league, you know, uh, if you're going to have a competition, you really need to have, have a judged better scored better. Be be more technical with it.
Much like if you, you know, Olympic diving contest, you don't have a bunch of people who have never been involved in diving. Uh, I mean, I, you know, when you have the dunk contest judges, why not have all the judges be people who have. Competed, maybe in one previous dunk contest, you know, if you could get Dominique Wilkinson and dr J and Brent Barry and, and, uh, you know, just some of the players that have won in past years.
Uh, you know, certainly candy Smith from a former King, he competed in it. And so Doug Christie competed in it. Uh, but, but. Have guys that have done it I think would, uh, obviously mean something. Guys like Vince Carter for sure. Uh, it would be almost not a medic have him every year anyway. And it just seems to me it'd make more sense to have somebody that's been good at it and understands the true difficulty of what they're watching.
Uh, not just get caught up in emotion or have a, maybe a bit of a bias, because if somebody. Played for their team. So those are, those are thoughts there. And I would probably, the last thing is, is if you're going to use prop Senate, uh, whatever you do, duct needs to be, once it's a guy's turn should be done in 30 seconds.
You know, it's almost like these, you know, any, any of the things we've talked about before. My challenges. I mean, good grief, get it on. Uh, you know, no, don't, don't try to make a, uh, a five minute production out of it. So that's my thoughts there. Uh, you know, the, uh, now some thoughts, you know, just overall. As the season's winding down, cause you really get into, into obviously hunts for playoff now.
And of course some teams are out of the playoff. So it's the old thought of, you know, the draft or tanking or whatever people want to call it. I think it's pretty disgusting, especially in a draft like a seems to me this year, which, you know, it's really going to be a very poor draft. I don't think there's any question about that.
It's just a matter of, of, uh, somebody will go number one though. Guarantee it. And then some, and they'll probably be the best player in the draft, may go 15. You just don't know who it's going to be. It's one of those drafts. Uh, so, but we'll see. And then, but my thoughts on the playoffs, and I've had this for a long time, and I know.
The T V people in the NBA certainly would not agree with me. Uh, but I would like to say it won't be happening this year, but I would really like to see it get to the, just the top 16 teams. And the number one play 16 doesn't make making difference if it's a number one is, is the Los Angeles Clippers. And number 16 is a Washington wizards.
So be it, uh. They play the first round one in 16 and you say, well, the schedule isn't equally balanced. That's okay. It's some years it'll benefit the West. Some years it'll benefit the East, but you'd still have the teams with the 16 best record. That's still better than it currently is, where a several non 500 teams may make it from, say the East and maybe a couple of 500 teams from the West won't make it.
So to me it's still beef. Much better and improved without doing anything abnormal to the schedule. You play 82 games overall, it'd be better and it balance out. So one plan 16 people say, Oh, the travel could be a problem. Of course it could be a problem. They have what they call airplanes now, not sure if you're aware of that and their jets and they charter them and they don't play back to backs and so it's just not an issue.
Really not an issue. And, uh, at all, if you've ever been on one of those charters, you know, it isn't. So if they played back to back, yes, it'd be an issue, but it's not. And of course, in my opinion, they really ought to play, not take more than one one day between games. So play teams are used to playing more rapidly during the season.
So why stretch it out so much in the playoffs? And I realize, and I don't think it hurts. Personally, uh, TV viewership at all. I mean, right now the TV viewer ship the last couple of years is being, is dropping dramatically. And I think part of it is the length of the schedule and then just stretching out the playoffs to middle of summer.
Uh, it's like good grief. I, you're starting to wear your fans out. I know. As much as I love the game, there's times after the first round, I'm just about burnt out by then. And so now that gets me. to my, one of my real controversial thoughts, uh, first round in the NBA playoffs, they play seven games or could play seven games.
Ridiculous. Ridiculous. You know you play seven games in the finals. When I came to the league, the first round is three games. I think it still should be, and that the main criteria, people would say, well, geez, you might have the best teams upset. Yes, you might. You might have upsets. Wow. What do you think about that?
What do you think the March madness is so popular? Because. The better. The best team sometimes get upset, you know, that's the idea. Upsets create a little excitement. A best of three gives a weaker team. Maybe a little better chance. We'll still wouldn't happen much because the best team have the best record of the two.
Always will have two home games. So they still should, should win. If they don't, why would you feel sorry for them? So anyway, best of three first round. Browns after that should be best of five, not best to seven, best of five. And then when you get to the championship round, it is a championship round. Okay.
Best of seven. I'll go with that. But it ought to be different, you know, just like it isn't, I mean, one of the things that's, if baseball can play 162 game schedule and, uh, and, and they have the, the wildcard games be one game. To, to advance. I mean, I don't see how plan three is, is such a big challenge. So anyway, I just.
You know, you tell me, but, uh, but I think most most fans would, would prefer that and that, and I think in the long run, I don't think, I think the ratings would be better because with a little more pressure on each game, more people are inclined to watch. And I think advertisers could be made whole in different ways.
And that's what really counts. Plus with the diminishing, uh, ratings, uh. I'm not sure what you got to lose. I think you need to try some different things. Uh, so that, that's, you know, I think that would be a little bit better. And of course, like say I, I like to, I sure don't like the idea of two or three days off between games of any of the different rounds.
It just, uh, it's not, you know, when you've been used to playing three and four games a week all year long, why, why, why allow that? To change dramatically and a players get plenty of rest. Uh, the, uh, let's see, I think to the, uh, uh, suggestion I'd have for the league, and I'd say maybe the players association to some degree is, uh, all the complaining to the referees.
Oh man, I, and, and, um, and I know some of you saying, well, Jerry, I remember those of you really old. You say, I remember you coach, you complained all, yes, I did. I was, it was embarrassing how much I did ridiculous. Now is that wrong almost all the time. Uh, and serves almost no purpose. You know, they don't change the calls because you're whining and whimpering and make fool yourself.
Uh, but now, you know, we, we almost. Expect the coaches to complain on every call, every player to come complain on every call, and it serves no purpose. The home team always thinks they're getting shafted, and it, it really takes away from the respect of the officials who are doing the best they can in an pimp.
Impossible job. It's an impossible job, uh, to do without missing some calls. If you don't know, believe that, go try to call a seventh grade game. Some of you that have got all the answers, take your butt out there, put a whistle on and call a game and just see, see how difficult that is at that level. Not, not at the level where, I mean, hit action is fast and then it just impossible.
I think to get them all right. I think what most coaches, most people realize there's probably going to be 10 12 missed calls a game, and you hope it evens out. And generally it does. And most, most of the time it does. And now with the replay system and all, you've got a chance, uh, to, to, to make up for most of those.
So, and you know, they're, they're human. And so until they can, unless they can find some robot to do it better. And I think that's a long way off. Uh, I would just like to see a situation where if you want to talk to the referee, you have to be the captain of the team. Or the head coach. Nobody else, anybody else's has gone to gone to go have a think.
They got to have a right to do, have a discussion that should be an automatic type nickel. I think it's speed the game up, make it better and make it better on officials. Make it better on the players because. They can concentrate on playing, which is kind of what they're paid to do, I think. And, and just just, you know, just take the devil's advocate of this a little bit.
Uh, uh, how, how would the players like it if every time they missed a lay up, the referees, you'd run up to them and say, what took, what's wrong? Can't you make a layup day mini Christmas? You know, or horror horror after, after a time out the play that the coach calls is terrible and they ref should run over there and say what your, what kind of call was that?
Gee whiz, don't you know what you're doing? That's sort of, you see what I'm saying? Yeah. You know, Hey, Fair's fair. Right. So that's a thought. I, and I think, I think too, I think that would be good. And I think the players association ought to be concerned about it a little bit because it's, it reflects on their.
You know, their, their, uh, their players, you know, match who they represent. And I think that would be good. And, and I think they ought to have some concern. And I think as fans do, and the, you know, the load management stuff, uh, I, I don't, I just don't see, anyway, I understand in some players cases, and I think it's in, it may apply, but not very many.
Not very many. Uh, you know, there's a reason that Michael Jordan May be the greatest player to ever play. Certainly one of them, uh, made every attempt to play as many games he could because he said, I feel an obligation to the people who came to see me play my team play. They may be only. I've seen me play one time in person and I need to be out there.
You know, that's a tremendous way to look at it, I think. And I mean, you look back through the history of the game and, and most of the greats, uh, felt that way. You know, that, uh, they know that they're the stars and they know that people are paying a lot of money, not just to see the game, but to see them.
And, uh, so I, I think that should be. You know, held out there a little bit more, you know, not the old, well, he's got a, you know, he's hurt. So maybe it just man, take, take off the rest of the year and be ready for next year. I was like, what? You know what? What's that got to do with it? Uh. Anyway. I mean that, how would the most employers feel if their employees, all of them felt that way?
Well, you know, I've got the flu that off. I'll be back in six months. I don't think I'd go to, well, to you anyway, so much for that. I know, I know. Probably not going to change anything. I think the other thing that, that I have an opinion on and, uh. Is it the national TV broadcast? And, and I, uh, of course loved the game and I, and I watch them all, but I think, uh, things I don't like, I don't like three man broadcast crews because that means there's two color guys.
And, and invariably. Everybody thinks they have to talk all the time. And so, you know, you almost have competing interests there. And plus in basketball, there's a lot more action. You know, in football, most of the best broadcast teams, you know, it's Tony Romo and I play, play by play, play Troy Aikman, and play by Chris callings.
So you only have one color guy in football, and you have all that time to talk. But you only have still, I only have two guys in baseball. Uh, same thing. You have all kinds of time to talk between pitches and different things. And very rarely do you have more than two people in the booth. And sometimes, and the very best VIN Scully did it by himself.
So for the most part, so just, I, I just think that's a mistake. Uh, you know, uh, certainly, uh. One color analyst is plenty. And of course I, I'm of the feeling that the color analyst is, is, has to be clearly the number two person, the play by play guys, that the guy that's talented and that's his profession and he should be carrying the broadcast, not, you know, not the, like we see on the college game where a Dick Vitale just dominates or something.
And I mean Dixon nice man, but it's like, no, no, it's over the top. You know, uh, let the play by play guy control the broadcast. And actually I think you'll be able to follow the game and not talk over the game, but follow the game. I think, uh, would be, would really help the broadcast nationally. And I think the national ratings certainly wouldn't hurt to.
Try, cause they're certainly going down the tubes or they've lost a lot on. And I, and I, it's not that the people aren't talented because they are, I just think it's a case of sometimes, uh, uh, more is not better. Just, just a thought. And that goes for all the halftime shows. When you've got half a dozen people talking, you know, it's like really.
Half a dozen people talking means really? Nobody's saying much. Right. That's bottom line. Uh, so that's my thought on that. GRI or not agree. Uh, you know, the, uh, there's some things I really like though, in a, about the league today, and, and I mean, I really do enjoy the overall. Style of play where you really have more talented all around basketball players on the floor.
You know, a lot of it's due to the three point shooting, but you really have the open basket. You don't, when I came to the league years ago, it was always an inside out game, and I think . You know, you need some more of that than we currently see. But, uh, but it, but you really didn't have the, as much cutting and, and, and perimeter shooting arc are really all positioned players.
Now you have guys that really are basketball players. They're highly skilled. I can shoot rebounding, play several positions, defense, several positions, not, uh, now, now they bought the only specialist you have in NBA. And, and, and even this is less so is the center position, especially the, you know, the Rudy go bears, uh, type that are pretty much around the basket for.
Protection and the true point guard to Chris Paul's. I mean, you still have those guys that are specialists that one position, but very few. Uh, so you know, more and more we're having guys that, that, uh, even at those positions that are so versatile. That, whether it's a Joel Embiid or the way DeMarcus cousins used to be, where you could step out and play away from the basket as well as inside, even though you're seven footer and Anthony Davis comes to mind there as well.
And then of course. So-called point guards, really, which LeBron James is and always has been, by the way, people always called him a small forward, but he always controlled the ball. And, uh, and Ben Simmons is six 10, but they can, they could play all positions. So I always thought, uh, you know, I think that that's good.
I mean, I think you have a. Really, really skilled guys. And if you're not a really valuable basketball player and a skilled player, you probably can't get on the, on the court much. Uh, so I, so I really, really do like, you know, like that. Uh, uh, let's see, what, what other things, some things I don't like. Uh, no, I think I covered most of those.
Uh. I tell you what I like. I like the game production, you know, and I, I came to that slowly, you know, I was one of those people that, uh, kinda believed that, uh. When the players, uh, came out to warm up, they just came out to warm up. You didn't need any music, you didn't need anything, anything at all. Just let him come out and halftime players went in locker room.
You rolled out the, the, the group of balls to the middle floor and widdle. They come back out. You didn't need anything going on, but I, I really have changed my mind on, I really. Think teams and league in general has done a great job of putting on a nice show, not just, you know, halftime shows or whatever, but, but basically always have something going on, whether it's with, uh, dance groups, spirit groups, uh, halftime entertainment.
Uh. Shooting shirts in the audience, the kiss cams, the dance camps, all that sort of thing. I know, just from doing the pre and post game show with the Jim cozy more, it's a, it's a real trip because, you know, the fans that are behind us, you know, they, they seem to really enjoy, uh. You know, the whole deal and getting on on TV.
I mean, I guess I take that for granted. I've been on there too much, but, uh, so I think those things are all good. And, and I in, in one of the couple of the things that I really think that Kings have been outstanding with is, uh, the mascots. Lampson I can tell you is by far the best mascot in the NBA. And I, I'm an expert on three things, mascots, public address announcers and press rooms.
And what I say by press rooms, press room food. Okay. So I know which, or where the best press rooms were. It became a total expert in that. And having said that, uh, that's why, uh, I think, you know, with the Kings, you know, having slammed sun as a mascot is, he's just off the charts talented and you, you know, he puts on a good show, kids loving, uh, adults really enjoying.
So show. Those are great things. I think that, uh. That really make the experience better. And, and you know, sometimes when the team's playing crappy kind of takes your mind off things. You can enjoy some of the other parts of it. And, uh, and of course, the public address announcer. I know Scott Moak is just terrific in that, uh, you know, they create a little excitement before the game get, you know, able to get people involved.
And, uh, I've always said one of the more amazing things to me is how people now go to sporting events and they really think they're supposed to wear a Jersey. You know, 30 years ago, they get a, that 40 years ago they thought you were silly. Something wrong with you. Now it's, it's accepted. Know. I mean, I think that's, that's been an amazing achievement and it does get people certainly in the kind of the mood, uh, to be a fan when you're wearing your teams.
Jersey or some sort of memorabilia type thing. I think that that's probably pretty good. Uh, so you know, those, I think those things are pretty good. And, and you know, and now I'm, I'm not a big fan and a lot of teams do this. A King's really less than most, but, uh, you're not supposed to play music during the actual game while the game is going up and down the court.
And, uh, several places do that. And I know Grant's pointed that out. Over the years. And, uh, sometimes I've even notice it, but it's not supposed to happen. And it really can affect play in my opinion, because I know from coaching, sometimes you're, you're trying to call out signals or your, your point guard is, and sometimes that may be this a distraction.
So, uh, you know, I wish, I think they need to. Kind of ramp that back a little bit and pay more attention to it, I think. And I think the, uh, maybe just a couple of things I show you. I'll, I'll just show you how old I am and how much of, uh, an old fart, uh, I've became, but I am totally not a fan of all these different color uniforms.
You know, I've always said, it seems to me like the, the great franchises kind of know who they are. You know, when you think of the Celtics Lakers. Bowls, San Antonio spurs, you can close your eyes and you can visualize their uniforms. Teams that haven't created anything, you know, they seem like they're constantly changing colors, changing styles and all that, and they never really, I mean, I think it's just, it's just part of the sputtering process.
In my mind. I just kind of wished teams would, uh, kinda decide what their identity is and stay with it. And, and, and try to make it work. And then of course, the MBAs rule to where every player. Can wear whatever color shoes they want at that, you know, I really don't like that. I mean, idea of a guy wearing a, say, a green uniform, and he's wearing orange shoes.
Really? How much identity, special identity do you need? You know, you can wear your hair any way you want, whatever tattoos you want or not. Uh, but it's like, really? Why can't you just have some relation? Like, . Even 10 years ago to where the shoes color, the shoes, sort of match the team colors, you know, team, uniform team, everybody, same team.
And I know maybe, maybe those days will never come back, but they should, I think, I think, uh, we put the names on the back of the jerseys. Everybody knows who they are. So, uh, we're, we're where something that fits the uniform. So that's a. I think that's about it. You know, I, I, uh, I can't think of anything too much else.
I, I do think, uh, you know, as I've said before, I think just overall game presentation is, is overall really good. And, uh, you know, I would like to see, you know, as I pointed out in past show, you know, fewer timeouts, even a quicker ones for that matter. Anything to speed up the game. Anything. Anything that the league can do to make the game more action, less dead time, you know, get your commercials however you can.
I get all that, but, but I think if they do, I think TV ratings will go up. I think. Uh, the, the enjoyment factor will go up. And this is, uh, a great, great, great game that I fell in love with as a 16 year old or six year old, actually, uh, that, uh, I think will just grow. So anyway, I'd love to have your thoughts on that.
Uh. You know, and, and I know, uh, those of you that think I'm slipping into senility this, this might be the evidence you've been looking for. I don't know. Mrs. Reynolds has suggested that once in a while, but I don't think so, but, uh, so anyway. Give me your thoughts and, uh, we'll be coming up. Some other things.
I may try to, to, to, uh, help all others, some other sports. You know, I, I don't just have great ideas for basketball and want you understand that I'm very versatile. I can solve the problems for just about every sport. So maybe we'll get into that, but you need to subscribe. So subscribe, hit that bell and, uh, don't miss anything great talking with you.
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