24 April 2009
"He heads toward the rafters, zippered briefcase in hand.
In it is the hand-made score sheet he personally fills out before each game, the format so old it has room to list only two referees — and the NBA began using three back in the late 1980s.
He's relied on it since he got his start in broadcasting, and he even got ex-partner Chick Hearn — the late, legendary Los Angeles Lakers play-by-play man — to use one as well.
It's not old-fashioned paperwork, though, that's pushing him to part in a world of blogs and Twitter.
Rather, the long journey up is the bane of his existence — and the chief reason 74-year-old Hot Rod Hundley figures that, after 35 years as broadcast voice of the then-New Orleans and now Utah Jazz, he's about ready to call it a career.
"Radio," a rather melancholy Hundley said, "is not what I thought it would be."Its hard to describe the feelings that I was feeling last night. Let's just say that the Franchise, the Players, and the Fans needed this win to recover from the last month or so of the season. My, buddy Jimmy brought a sign that said, "This one's for Larry", after the game as we were piling out of the ESA he held it up and the place went nuts.
I had a hard time with the game last night, because of the sheer fact that I had been going crazy all day from the moment I woke up, until just before tip, when I got this gut wrenching feeling that the game was going to be ugly. It was ugly, but the Lakers were two points uglier.
There are plenty of things that the Jazz need to improve on from game 3-4, we all know what those things are.
I don't want to stat pack, so let just say I will post tomorrow night about 12 p.m.
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