Matt Harpring was a "banger". He loved to play a physical brand of
basketball and it was a lot of fun to watch. He played with abandon and left
parts of both knees somewhere near halfcourt. Wouldn't it make sense to
have him as well as Karl Malone work with some of their big men?
Harpring would make an excellent coach. I agree that the Jazz at the beginning
of the season were thought to be the worst in the west. I was glad that the Jazz
made it into the playoffs to prove the nay sayers wrong. I disagree about Raja
being good for the Jazz. I think he has too many issues and won't come off
I am so thankful that with my DirectTV League Pass that I had options on which
channels to view the Jazz, i.e. the opposing teams' telecast. Harpring
tries hard to be an announcer, but does a horrible job. More stupid,
repetitive things come out of his mouth while he tries to be a comedian or do a
simple play by play. He definitely was less annoying as a fill in. Please
pursue other ventures Matt. Announcing just isn't your forte.
I disagree with lukekeeler. Matt made the telecasts interesting. He has
insight that only a recent player holds. He made silly comments, but they
usually made me laugh.
Matt Harpring occasionally make appearances on NBAtv and does an admirable job;
it's only when he's paired with Bolerjack that he allows his
"banter" to get the best of him.Harpring has the
"chops" to become a good to great announcer. The problem he has is that
since he played for the Jazz he brings a bit too much "rah rah" to the
broadcast.Try and catch him on NBAtv and you'll be amazed at
the difference in his delivery style. On NBAtv he knows he's in front of a
"national audience" and does his best to keep his delivery professional.
So I wouldn't judge him strictly based on what he does on ROOT Sports.
rvalens2 is correct about Matt. Hope he's back next year either as the
color guy or an assistant coach. I thought his in-game observations were spot on
I think Harpring would make a much better coach than any of the Jazz current