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Poll: Would you prefer Spero Dedes or Joel Meyers as the Lakers' play-by-play announcer?

Laker fans don't just expect an NBA championship every season.

They expect a championship voice to narrate that journey. It's a role the late Chick Hearn filled admirably, enthusiastically and irreplaceably. But someone's had to take over and do the best they can as the Lakers' play-by-play announcer. For the past eight seasons that responsibility has fallen to Joel Meyers on TV broadcasts, but the Daily News' Tom Hoffarth reported that Meyers' contract won't be renewed at the end of the season.  Meyers declined to comment on the matter to The Times' Broderick Turner but thanked him for the opportunity, and the Lakers said they won't comment until the end of the season. But Hoffarth's report indicates that Spero Dedes, the Lakers' radio play-by-play announcer, will replace Meyers on TV, while Fox Sports West's Bill MacDonald might take over radio duties.

Discussion about the situation has already taken place on the comment threads, but please vote in the poll  so we can get an accurate take on where the needle is pointing. Here are a few things to consider before voting.

Meyers has 25 years of broadcast experience, including being the play-by-play announcer for the San Antonio Spurs for four years. He's also done NFL games, Big 12 college football, golf, two Olympic Games, and worked for networks such as NBC and ESPN. Meyers has an established track record in Southern California sports, including doing Angels and Raiders games in the 1980s, Dodgers games on cable in the 1990s and Los Angeles Lazers indoor soccer games for the old Prime Ticket. He replaced Paul Sunderland as the Lakers' television play-by-plan announcer in 2004 after spending his first two seasons with the Lakers in radio.

"The Lakers have made me feel very welcome," Meyers told The No Look Pass blog last summer. "But nobody will ever replace the voice of the Lakers ... and that is Chick Hearn."

Dedes, 31, is in his sixth season as the Lakers' radio play-by-play announcer, and has been seen as a rising star within the organization. He arrived with the Lakers after working at the YES Network in New York, calling play-by-play for college football and basketball games and serving as the No. 2 play-by-play announcer for the New Jersey Nets. He also was a studio host for the Yankees and Nets pre- and post-game shows and worked for NBA TV as an anchor.

His duties hasn't been solely confined to the Lakers. With the organization's blessing, Dedes has also called NCAA basketball tournament games and NFL games on CBS and was a host in 2008 on the NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning" show.

"He's incredibly well-prepared," KCAL-9's Lakers sideline reporter John Ireland told The Times' Diane Pucin about Dedes. "He's one of those guys who won't get outworked and he's one of those guys, he never gets too high or too low. For a young guy, he's incredibly well-polished."

After you vote in the poll, let us know why you voted the way you did.

-- Mark Medina

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Spero all the way. Good luck in future endeavors, Joel.

Paul Sunderland.

no question, superior to both other choices...

dont mind either one.. both easy to listen to.. isnt spero the guy that says luis scoh-lah (with heavy spanish accent)?

and here come luis scoH-lah down court and dfish goes up for a shot and its blocked by luis scoh-lah.. scoh-lah.. scoh-lah

and stu lantz >>> mychal thompson.. no contest..

stu still has great insight and feel for the game... thompson needs more polish and lots of raw emotion and screaming


Dedes is horrible. He has like a 5 word vocabulary. Every single shot... "Kobe...Makes It!" or "Kobe... Misses It!"

And that's his entire repertoire.

Why don't the broadcasters understand we don't want ANY play by play announcer? 80% of the time it's just getting in the way and bringing down the quality of the broadcast. Let us just hear the game, and then if something needs explaining (a call, a timeout, a weird play) then let Stu cover it, but otherwise keep play-by-play out of TV broadcasts!

I think play-by-play announcer is an easy choice, Spero all the way! But the commentator will be toughger to choose, Mychael or Stu???

"dont mind either one.. both easy to listen to.. isnt spero the guy that says luis scoh-lah (with heavy spanish accent)?

and here come luis scoH-lah down court and dfish goes up for a shot and its blocked by luis scoh-lah.. scoh-lah.. scoh-lah

Posted by: yellofever | April 06, 2011 at 02:12 PM "

Hahaha I've always noticed that too.

yes he is, yellofever. he also says Marco Bell-eee-Nell-eee.

I love Spero Dedes. They should throw it back to the days where the Lakers games were simulcast on radio and TV, because honestly, Mychal Thompson brings nothing to the radio broadcast.

I don't care who it is, but they should have a button they can press when a Chick-ism is appropriate during the game. Imagine after a horrible non-call by the refs with the crowd booing (e.g., Kobe or AB getting creamed without a call for a change), the play-by-play guy can just press a button and WE get to hear: "There are 20,000 referees in the building, but only 3 of them have whistles." Or when LeBron does his crab crawl: "He did the bunny hop in a pea-patch." Or when we're getting blown out at the appropriate time in the game: "The Lakers haven't had the lead since Hector was a pup!" etc, etc, etc

I wonder if Marge would sanction that. My guess is that she would say: "Your chances are slim and none and slim just left the building!"

Candidly, I don't care, but I still love Stu even if he starts every sentence with "Again." After listening to other color commentators, like Clyde Frazier, Stu is special and is our last link to Chick anyway.

Story Time with Kevin Calabro
funny stuff

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMhK2kfMkzU

Paul Dunderhead (whoops! I meant Sunderland) made just as many mistakes a Meyers. I couldn't stand either. Neither of them played basketball. Sunderland was a volleyball player.

Thankfully, being in Nevada now, I only have 2 listen for home games. Away games on League Pass are typically home team broadcasts.

Although I would prefer Hot Rod Hundley (being that he's an ex-Laker), I'll reserve judgment on Spero after his first season.

KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!"

LAMAR ODOM IS "THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE!"

"AND THE BEAST GOES ON..."

Paul Sunderland was straight up the best. Joel is such a homer, he would have Andrew Bynum "influencing" shot when 'Drew was sitting on the bench! Sunderland would call it like it was, which that year wasn't very good, and that's why he got fired. PS Sunderland played basketball for Bill Musselman at Oregon.

888

i sure miss chick

http://www.abbaroo.com/lakers/chick.html

among my favorites were "air mail special" which we wouldve heard last night on lukes block and "in and out heartbrrrrrreak"!

Sorry Meyers. Just because you have a deep voice doesn't mean you should be calling games. There's a reason why all the Laker highlight clips shown on TV are with Dedes on the mike...he's easier to listen to and the calls are a lot more interesting.

They need to upgrade the color commentator more.

"in and out heartbrrrrrreak"!

Posted by: yellofever | April 06, 2011 at 02:38 PM

YUP.

i never thought sunderland was that good. all i remember from PS was "OH HE PUT IT IN! WHAT A WAY TO FINISH.. WOOOOOOOHOOOO" back in 2004.

i don't know how some people can be opposed to game commentary compared to play-by-play after we go through the national television garbage of abc and espn. tnt's not too bad. you gotta remember they do that for ratings and the entertainment factor though...

if spero gets the tv job and stu color commentates as he always has, spero would probably have to be less serious, more spirited and animated. he would be considered a tv personality with more exposure. i watched the association from nbatv, which had tidbits of spero in that "documentary" and he seems like a pretty chill dude. might be a challenge going from radio --> TV, but my personal preference on play-by-play leads me to vote for spero. BALLIN! #BICEPKISS

yellofever

At the very least, they should be able to hit the "Fridge" button. He said it so many times, they could use a different one for each W during the season AND the playoffs!

Give me the PLAYOFFS already!

MATT "MONEY" SMITH!!!

i bet joel myers feels really sad about his contract not being extended. his situation is worse than the furlough coming up for the u.s. government. no pay, no where to go. joel was a best friend to everyone in the business. he can't be replaced by spero. i'm at a loss of words right now and want to be left alone. i may not even come back to the blog and take a hiatus like mamba24. i'm just at a loss of words.

CORRECTION: I meant to say that Sunderland never played Pro Basketball. Yes, he played college basketball (One Year at Oregon: 1972), but he was primarily a volleyball player. Winning a Gold on the US Olympic team and playing on the US National Team. He played volleyball on the national team and Olympic teams from 1975-1984. Therefore, he's a Volleyball Player.

KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!"

LAMAR ODOM IS "THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE!"

"AND THE BEAST GOES ON..."

No offense to Spiro, who is fine on the radio broadcast with Mychal, but I prefer the easy going, no-glitz style of Joel announcing with Stu. And speaking of Stu, his knowledge of the game, particularly of individual basketball fundamentals as they influence play, is a great part of his commentary.

As regards the comment about Mychal Thompson "bringing nothing to the broadcast", I couldn't disagree more. I find Thompson's radio commentary to be very informative and entertaining. In fact, on a couple occasions, when Spiro was momentarily absent, I've heard Mychal do play-by-play, and his ability to convey what is going on in them moment, both in content and "feel" was excellent. I prefer it to Spiro's.

But this is not a polemic. Spiro's fine. I have no problem with him. I just seen no need to replace Joel. I'd guess it has something to do with someone's perception of Spiro as being more telegenic, appealing to youth market. I'd bet there might have even been a focus group involved.

And it's too bad. The thing about all the announcers the best, radio and TV, is that they are not "show-bizzy", they don't sound like overbearing know-it-all ex-jock holding forth at the sports bar like so many sports announcers/commentators sound to me. It has always impressed me that in this tinsel-town, the Lakers organization has managed to find on-air talent that sounds like friends or family that you don't mind listening to. And I hope we don't lose that because of someone's perception of what will gain a little more market share.

Joel Meyers has always had the great voice, but never found his niche here. It did not help him that sometimes, he could be heard on a Big-12 FB game on a Saturday between Laker games. I bet some Laker fans wondered, "Is he loyal to us or the Big-12?" He is a midwest guy. Maybe he will find his way back there, like he did for the Spurs. I wish him the best.

Spero Dedes' biggest problem in my view is that he does not tell radio listeners the score often enough. On TV, this will not be a problem. CBS Sports thought highly enough of him to hire him for CB games and the tournament a few years back.

I wish him well and at least we still have Stu Lantz as his partner. I think Billy Mac will do a splendid job on radio if he gets the gig.

One thing is for sure: The "graveyard" of successors to Chick Hearn will be a crowded one and no one will will ever replace him. No pun intended. Same goes for whomever eventually replaces Vin Scully and Bob Miller, who along with Chick and Dick Enberg---played a role in so many Angelenos' love of our sports teams.

I've liked what I heard from Spero on the radio. The person I'd really like to see replaced is Stu - I just can't stand the guy. I find his commentary incredibly negative (he complains... a lot... about the same stuff, every game) and whenever he tries to be "insightful," he points out the painfully obvious. His hindsight bias is incredibly annoying - he's always quick to point out how right he always was.

A thankless job. Chick is pretty hard to replace. People still hear his voice when watching a game. What they need to do is commit to one person and have people grow as they grow to be a good announcer, maybe great.

Good luck, Spero!

Meyers, I have issues with. He's fine. But I lose my cool every time the opposing team misses a shot and he says "Lakers get a break." What's the logic in that? He doesn't say it when the Lakers miss a shot and say "Mavs get a break." Anyways, nitpicking. I watch games on mute. So that's not a good sign.

The main question should be, why are we not just replacing Stu? The play by play isn't as bothersome as Stu's lack of creative commenting, the no talent having Squidward looking sad sack rarely has any insightful comments, what he does is worse than play by play for TV, as example if Kobe goes baseline and the shot clock is winding down, passes late to Brown, Stu would say, you know, if Kobe got the ball out to Brown juuust a little bit sooner, it would have been a better offensive sequence...REALLY? Thanks. Ass. Way to be in the moment...I remember Chick would cut his slow ass off when he heard crap like that and get back to the action...we miss ya Chicky baby....

"Meyers, I have issues with. He's fine. But I lose my cool every time the opposing team misses a shot and he says "Lakers get a break." What's the logic in that? He doesn't say it when the Lakers miss a shot and say "Mavs get a break." Anyways, nitpicking. I watch games on mute. So that's not a good sign.

Posted by: jq | April 06, 2011 at 03:44 PM "

Hahaha yeah I don't get that. I think it can be a fair assessment if they miss a shot when they have a clear advantage, like a breakaway layup or something, but when it's 5 on 5 and a guy misses a shot, it's just a missed shot. Announce who rebounds the ball and move on with it.

I also really hate his tendency to add "didn't he?" to the end of all of his comments. Or the loud "YES!!!" when a Lakers player makes a shot. Or when he calls it a defensive breakdown anytime a Lakers player is open to make a shot. Or when he says "KOBE WITH THE ASSIST!" before he even announces who just scored. I could go on and on.

How is that Joel Meyers is getting the boot and Stu gets to keep his job? Instead of Stu's uncolorful comentary it would be more bearable to hear a chalkboard being scratched while a hanger is being poked at your eardrum, like when you go too far with a Q-tip....

Posted by: yellofever
and stu lantz >>> mychal thompson.. no contest..

stu still has great insight and feel for the game... thompson needs more polish and lots of raw emotion and screaming
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Ha ha ha ha this fool said stu still has great insight and feel for the game....sure, if you have never played or watched basketball in your life....

Unfortunately, Spero is very hard on the eyes. No homo.

Moto - Stu has played a lot more basketball in his life than you have. And gotten paid well to do so. And has watched a lot more basketball in his life than you have.

Spero is a wordssmit, he's like the don draper of basketball commentary. If you voted for Meyers then you've obviously never listened to his radio broadcast. Joel is okay but he's no Spero. This shouldn't even be a contest.
After a Kobe game winner:
Joel- "he is hard to believe!" or "Amazing!"
Spero- "the black mamba strikes again!"
Joel sounds like a magicians assistant.
Everyone who voted for joel wil be rating their words next season. Now we we just need to find a way to get rid of stu our at least get him to shut up. Ive had enough of "kobe says" and "andrew says" and "lamar says"

Ralph Lawler? BINGO!!!!
But seriously, post - Chick, Sundy's been my favorite. No big problem w/Joel except the "Lakers get a break" thing. Here in Santa Maria, we don't get Laker games on the radio, but I've heard Spero call other games, and he seemed pretty good. I think they'd like someone younger who could be with the team 40+ years like Chick was. I'd listen to Stu call games from an old folks home in 30 years , he's the best - to anyone who (unbelievably) doesn't like Stu, remember - Chick reccommended him!!!

Happy (belated) St. Chicks Day!!!

I find both to be very pleasant and personally good people. I refrained from really giving my two cents however because I've heard Joel more often than Spero on the air. If I'm at Staples Center, I'm obviously just watching the game. If it's an away game, I'm watching the telecast. The only time I've actually heard Spero's call was if it was on the highlight reel

Joel Meyers ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!


We'll miss you Joel

Vin Scully!!!!

The Lakers should also bring Mychal Thompson to T.V.. You would think Stu Lantz would of learned something from Chick. Retire and enjoy life. Mychal Thompson has always been a personable guy.

Actually the reason you hear the radio clips are that the NBA doesnt want to pay Fox or KCal for the rights to their audio. The radio broadcast is on 710 ESPN, provider of national telecasts, giving them the ability to use Dedes' calls free of charge. Years from now when we rewatch Kobe in his prime it will be Meyers' voice accompanying him, and after back to back championships, headed toward a 3peat the organization makes a change, this is way to fishy, some major back stabbing going on there.
As well for the person who said Meyers is a midwest guy and maybe thats why this didnt work, Dedes is from New Jersey, grew up a Knicks fan, has no feel for the Laker family or their history, he continually misses Laker Games to do cbs sports, and we think this guy is our future? He is constantly looking for what is bigger and better. He started at nbatv as a studio host, politiked his way to get on the play by play for them. This man has done nothing but jump from job to job, no loyalty. So we want a guy who is willing to jump ship and head elsewhere? Sorry I grew up believing the Laker family took care of their own, from West to Magic, Sharman to Kupchak, loyalty is what this organization stood for, too bad Dedes and his agent thought their politicking and incessant behind closed doors begging for the TV gig was obviously was the right thing to do, LA just lost a sports casting legend. I hope for the Lakers sake these rumors are false, and if not I hope they realize they need to admit a mistake and make it right. I for one will not listen to Dedes on television or radio. In the words of the Zen Master, this is just bad karma.

"I don't care who it is, but they should have a button they can press when a Chick-ism is appropriate during the game. Imagine after a horrible non-call by the refs with the crowd booing (e.g., Kobe or AB getting creamed without a call for a change), the play-by-play guy can just press a button and WE get to hear: "There are 20,000 referees in the building, but only 3 of them have whistles." Or when LeBron does his crab crawl: "He did the bunny hop in a pea-patch." Or when we're getting blown out at the appropriate time in the game: "The Lakers haven't had the lead since Hector was a pup!" etc, etc, etc

I wonder if Marge would sanction that. My guess is that she would say: "Your chances are slim and none and slim just left the building!"

Candidly, I don't care, but I still love Stu even if he starts every sentence with "Again." After listening to other color commentators, like Clyde Frazier, Stu is special and is our last link to Chick anyway.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | April 06, 2011 at 02:27 PM"


I have had very similar thoughts on this topic. In fact, I did think recently about if I'd prefer to have a large library of Chick's phrases played back at appropriate times, or even some computer assistance to have his recordings state the names of the current players...etc. I didn't think it was really a thought I could tell anyone, but after reading this story and thread...yes, I'm sure that's quite unrealistic. It demonstrates how amazing Chick was to me, though - I'd rather hear what Chick could have said about a current situation than have someone else who's still with us comment on it.

More realistically, I'd have to agree with some that Paul Sunderland was my favorite post-Chick play-by-play announcer. This probably shouldn't be part of the equation either, but as a fervent Chick fan, the fact that Paul LOVED Chick and the emotional attachment coming out in his voice and commentary echoed my feelings. Listening to him helped me get through watching the first year after Chick was gone; it was a form of therapy. I did enjoy his heartfelt broadcast of the game as well.

Joel annoyed me in the beginning, as I wanted the Lakers to keep Paul, who filled in for Chick during his two surgeries. I became used to him, and I like him as a person. He is more of a homer than I'd prefer and some of the things he focuses on bug me, but I'm okay with him staying at this point.

Spero I've heard more in spots, as the radio broadcasts are not synched as well as they used to, so it's mostly been driving home from work during an early (east coast) game, or a few times when the TV has been ahead and I worked with the DVR for several minutes to get the picture and radio synchronized for a ABC / TNT / ESPN broadcast. He has impressed me as being a very good play-by-play announcer overall, and is talented. His descriptions do bore me a bit, however. I think not repeating the score notwithstanding, he would be a better radio play-by-play announcer than I'd imagine for TV. We'll see if he actually turns out to be very good as a TV commentator next season I suppose.

Stu, being Chick's broadcast partner from 1988 to 2002, should keep the job until he decides to retire, in my opinion. I began to feel after Chick was gone that he was not as good as I used to think he was; Chick kept his leash at just the right length it seems. Still, I love the guy as a long-term Laker and Chick's sidekick, and I've heard much MUCH worse on non-Laker NBA games before *coughSeanElliottReggieMillercough*. For expert color commentary on other NBA games, I've enjoyed Dr. Jack Ramsey, and even Hubie Brown (probably because they're ex-head coaches).

Anyway, my vote then would be (if it were a poll choice) Paul Sunderland with Stu Lantz. It's too bad the TV team has to stop calling the game after about the first round of the playoffs these days; I'd like to hear what they have to say as the Lakers win a championship! Thanks for the last several years of service to the Lakers to Joel. I do feel bad for him, as he does love calling Laker games and watching Kobe play.

"Lakers get a break." i hate hearing that it make me think hes not royal to the lakrs and the fans .. Meyers see yaaa !

I will tell you this I personally thought Paul Sunderland was great after chicks passing. I enjoyed his inflection and commentary plus his syenergy with Stu. Joel is not made for T.V. His commentary is boring and his constant acknowledgement of where players went to high school bugs me! Yes we all know by now Baron Davis went to high school out here In Los Angeles. Spero is good and would be a good choice for T.V and Billy Mac would be a great Fit with Mychel Tompson on the radio. I like Billy Mac on T.V as well he is a lot of fun to watch and his conversations with Phil On Philsopohy 101 is must see T.V. I would personally wouldnt mind if Sunderland Came back into the mix as well. Just my thoughts though.

Joel Meyers is the best. As the saying goes "You don't know what you got until it's gone."

Joel Meyers is the best. As the saying goes"You don't know what you've got until it's gone."

Good riddance to the insufferable blowhard Meyers - maybe you can go back to the Spurs or the Kings/Royals might be hiring... Spero has proven himself as a solid NBA announcer who will be great on TV. But please no MacDonald on radio - how desperate are you? Purely amateur. One of the great NBA radio voices is available and if they don't bring Kevin Calabro on board, they are out of their minds!

To the poster who says Dedes is not a part of the Laker family because he's moved from position to position and "politiked his way to get on the play by play" position. Joel Meyers has bounced around just as much, if not more. His professional resumé includes: St. Louis Cardinals radio broadcasts in 2002, Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders radio broadcasts, San Antonio Spurs telecasts, various assignments for ESPN and FSN, etc....The idea that Spiro doesn't deserve the job because he's worked for different broadcast teams is ridiculous.

I feel bad that Meyers is losing a good gig, but he's not an LA sportscasting legend. He's some guy that filled in after Chick. And now we're gonna have someone that gives us more than just a few bland play-by-play descriptions, but still isn't a homer like the Celtics and Spurs broadcasters.

My preference is to replace both Stu and Joe. They together lowers the broadcasting quality because Joe usually comments on things that are either irrelevant as in talking about other games not involving the laker game or having only one solution as to how to correct the lakers in game problem by saying use your bigs when infact the bigs at the time might be playing in effective. For Stu Chick covered a lot of his un-insightfullness. He also believes that all of the lakers problems can be solved with fundamentals, which is false. He also things that the Refs are always correct and he often looks for reasons to make the lakers out to be the cause even if the refs made a mistake. He rushes to conclusion on controversial calls without really seeing what took places and often finds himself having to apoligize to the incorrect conclusion. Finally, Stu never criticizes Luke Walton in fact he calls him hi IQ guy when all of the nba and fans know Luke contribution or lack there of to the lakers for years has been a dritriment and not positive but Stu is quick to critize black players and euros like Gasol than he woould do Luke who cannot shoot, defend or create his own shot. I could go on and on but I think people got my point.

It'a about time. Laker games were unwatchable with Joel Meyers (and Stu gets to much to say in the post-Chick era). I would actually turn to the ESPN broadcast (or Clippers broadcast) if they were on the same time as Myers. Spero is a fine choice. They should also return to the simulcast and not hire the Orangeman Billy Mac.

Why are we down to these two gentlemen? Aren't there others out there who could compete? You've got a whole off season to check and see.

The one thing that Joel does that drives me nuts is when he says "It was short right out of his hands." Duh!

But otherwise, he is pretty good. No Chick Hearn, but we know nobody comes close to Chick Hearn.

But I trust the Buss family and the rest of the Laker organization in any decisions. They provide tremendous entertainment, a tremendous team, and unmatched results: Championships!

I like Joel's easygoing style the best out of any of them other than Chick. Sunderland was so-so, Spero is too negative and too amped up at the same time. i hope he calms down for TV there's enough drama on the court without an announcer hyperventilating in my ear. we had a good thing, gotta hope for the best but i think the Lakers have made a mistake letting Joel go.

hope the lakers find some way to keep jeol myers hes a good anouncer dont understand how the lakers front office can do this to some one whos ben loyal
the need to get rid of mitch cupcheck whos afraid to make moves of pick on a free agent when someone gets hurt

Joel, please. That low, deep, smooth voice is calming when I'm stressed about the Lakers losing.

HOW BOUT GET RID OF STU LANTZ? JOEL IS GREAT AND SPERO DEDES IS PRETTY GOOD..
STU?.. BORING! JUST MY OPINION

Joel and Stu both need to go. First off, don’t get me wrong I am a huge fan of the Chick n Stu combo; the best combo in the biz – hands down! So, anyone who fills their position (now Joel and the Chick-less Stu) will not even compare.
The problem with Joel (and Stu) is his overall attitude while calling the game – especially during an eventual lose and/or blowout. During these times he whines and complains about the Lakers play. It’s so annoying to hear the broadcasters say, ”…can they have a running clock…, I want to get outta here...” These subtle comments speak volumes about their overall attitude toward their job. It’s like their too cool for school and don’t deserve to be at a game unless the Lakers are gonna win in a dominant fashion. You should feel privileged to even be in that arena watching the best team in the game! F’ing A man, I WISH I could be at every game win or lose dude. You guys act like it’s a chore sometimes to be a broadcaster for the best franchise in the biz. C’mon!
Sure later on in his career Chick did get a bit surly sometimes but the dude earned that right – he has been an integral part of the team since it moved to LA (not just a broadcaster but had many roles with the Lakers including Asst GM at one point) Chick knew his stuff, so he was ALLOWED to criticize. I digress…. Now to Stu.
I can’t really nail down exactly why I want Stu gone except to say, it’s time bro, it’s just time to go. Bring in Mychal Thompson – a fresher look and a closer connection to the modern game. Sure Mychal can be a goofy guy but who cares, he’s fun, he was a solid role player for the Lakers and gives nice comments about in game situations. C’mon he played with the Showtime Lakers baby!
In conclusion, I’d love to “see” Spero and Mychal next year.
p.s. I never watch FSW if the game is televised elsewhere (espn, tnt abc). I even would rather listen to Lawler during the Lakers vs Clippers games!! No joke.

Oh, and yes... please mix in some Chickism! We all love Chick and i think it would be a great way for new fans to experience a Legend!!

Looooooooooooovvve Chick!

I was so happy when I heard that Joel is gone. Every time I hear him call a bounce a roll I want to scream. It also drives me nuts that Stew knows only one way to say "___________ Goes to the Charity Stripe". But, Joel and Stew bring out the worst in each other, particularly the homerism. So I am willing to give Stew a chance with Speros, after all he is our last connection to Chick. I agree with the others, a few Chickisms are definitely in order.

Spero without a doubt. Can't stand Joel announcing the game because he makes too many mistakes and he puts me to sleep. Spero reminds me of Chick when he calls the game as it is. He gives credit to the other team when the Lakers are outplayed and gives praise to the Lakers when they play above and beyond. I don't need a homer announcing the games cause that would be just too boring to listen too. GO LAKERS ALL THE WAY TO YOUR 17TH CAMPIONSHIP TITLE THIS YEAR.

Rarely can matters of taste be boiled down to science. But, in this case, the question of Joel Meyers play-by-play perspective can be proven empirically.

Joel Meyers is a bitter man trapped in the 1950s. His game calling is one of constant panic. Remember, this is the man who coined, "The lead is down to 28." His bullying criticism of Kwame Brown and Sasha was petty and just plain dickish. His pet phrase "too easy" as in "too easy a look" insinuates that players don't try.

Sometimes folks get open in the NBA, Joel. A lead of 28 should be a time of enjoyment for Laker fans, not panic. And lamenting a missed lay-up on the previous possession with commentary that "you'll never get an easier look than that one" has shown Joel Meyers to be un-So Cal, un-Lakers, and depressing-as-all-hell to listen to.

Bye, Joel. I won't miss you, but my TV might, knowing the sound must now be functional for Laker games.

I'm sure Joel is a nice guy, but he looks like Mr McGoo and he sounds like a frog. Speros has a special voice that is instantly likable. He also projects youthful but prepared energy to the game. He also doesn't look like Mr McGoo.

It's probably a good time to make the change since the Lakers are starting their own network in 2012. That way Spero's voice will be established for the TV audience. If Joel is available, I'd like him to take over TV duties on Dodger road games that Vin is not doing. I still can't stand Eric Collins even after 2 seasons. I'm sure he's talented but he just doesn't fit Dodger Baseball. Other than that, I think Joel did a great job stepping in to the Laker booth and although I think he should be there until he retires, it seems that putting Spero in the TV booth now is the right time to make the move.

Spero is talented, but his sytle is better suited for Football or Baseball. Basketball requires rapid-fire delivery like Chick, "Hot Rod" Hundley, and Joel do.

I'm not worried about spero taking over the tv broadcast. Joel will be missed he is a great announcer. I wish he could stay. My concern is bill mcdonald doing the radio broadcast. Spero is a better radio annoncer than bill in my opinion. I want to listen to the game and be able to picture what's going on. Spero does great work


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