The Conference Call East: March 24, 2008
Posted Apr 1 2008 11:58AM
NBA.com editors Darren Misener, Martin Sumners and Jim Reilly will be keeping you updated on all the best news and content from around the 30 team sites in the Conference Call Blog. East, Week 1 | West, Week 1 | East, Week 2 | West, Week 2 | East, Week 3 | West, Week 3 | East, Week 4 | West, Week 4 | East, Week 5 | West, Week 5 | East, Week 6 | West, Week 6 | East, Week 7 | West, Week 7 | East, Week 8 | West, Week 8 | East, Week 9 | West, Week 9 | East, Week 10 | West, Week 10 | East, Week 11 | West, Week 11 | East, Week 12 | West, Week 12 | East, Week 13 | West, Week 13 | East, Week 14 | West, Week 14 | East, Week 15 | West, Week 15 | East, Week 16 | West, Week 16 | East, Week 17 | West, Week 17 | East, Week 18 | West, Week 18 | East, Week 19 | West, Week 19
No Ordinary Joe
The first time I met my girlfriend's father, a Cleveland area native, and he heard that I worked for the NBA, his first question was "Do you know Joe Tait?" Everyone in Cleveland is well versed in the Cavs' long time radio announcer.
The man is a legend in every sense of the word when it comes to Cavaliers basketball, and after 35 seasons, will call his 3,000th game on Wednesday. As Cavs.com reports Tait will lead in with his signature “It’s basketball time at The Q,” (and in previous years ‘the Arena’, ‘the Coliseum’ and then ‘the Gund’). Tait was the franchise’s original play-by-play man in 1974, and except for a brief hiatus from 1981 to 1982, he has been ever since. Throughout his broadcasting career, he has been honored with a number of awards, including being named Ohio Sportscaster of the Year in 1974, 1976, 1978, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2002 and 2004.
“Joe is an incomparable one-man show. Generations of fans have experienced Cavs basketball as Joe narrates every nuance of action from left to right on their radio dials,” said Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena President Len Komoroski. “There is no one that delivers the game call, and color commentary too, like our own Joe Tait and we congratulate him on this milestone broadcast.”
As part of the halftime ceremony, Tait's permanent broadcast location in section C126 will officially be dedicated as the “Joe Tait Perch.” If you've ever heard him call a game, you probably want him on that perch for 3,000 more.
To His Defense
On Hawks.com, Lang Whitaker blogs that if the Hawks are serious about a playoff run, their defense must improve.
The Leprechaun Mascot Was a Sign
If you weren't sure if the Celtics had some Irish in them, check out some photos of Boston's Dancers at Beantown's St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Front and Center
Bulls.com has a nice feature on head coach Jim Boylan, who is finally front and center for an NBA team.
End of an Era
Pistons.com's Keith Langlois writes about the current Pistons team and their place in Detroit's recent success.
Pacers.com catches up with Troy Murphy off the court and finds out what drives him to work as hard as possible.
The Ruby Year...
Milwaukee will honor members of its 40th Anniversary Team, as voted by the fans, on Friday, at halftime of the Bucks vs. Magic game.
A Convenient Truth
Al Gore would be proud. The Nets have become the only major pro sports team to earn industry’s most rigorous CarbonNeutral® Accreditation
Into the Spotlight
Sixers.com's Zack Lloyd profiles Andre Iguodala and his rise to stardom in Philadelphia.
Bobcats center Ryan Hollins dropped by Idlewild Elementary to host a basketball clinic for the students.
Now This is Madness
Wizards.com posts some of their players predictions for the NCAA tournament, and UNC alum Brendan Haywood has Kansas winning it all.