Part of becoming a great broadcaster is having a great vocabulary and finding ways to vary your verbiage. That is why a regular feature on this site will be “Announcer Alterations” where we take short clips of pre-existing play-by-play synced to video and come up with five different ways to call the same sequence of events.
With his work ethic, commitment, and ability to be a great teammate as well as a prodigious talent; Tim Duncan has long been one of my favorite athletes. I never had the honor of covering him but I will pay tribute by using his famous three pointer vs. the Phoenix Suns in 2008 for this edition of announcer alterations. This is a bit of a problem because audio highlights of Duncan synced over video are about as difficult to find as an exclusive interview with the Big Fundamental. So for this edition there is no original verbiage, but if you want to listen to Mike Breen’s excellent TV call feel free!
Five Ways To Make The Call
Ginobli, up high right. Nash trying to lock down. Crosses over. Loops around the arc. Shaq helps. Ginobli blows by left into the paint. Kicks it out right arc to Duncan, for three…GREASES THE TWINE!!! And Duncan pumps his fist as the Spurs tie the game at the end of overtime!
Ginobli with the ball in no man’s land to the right. Crosses up Nash and races horizontally across the floor. Shaq steps out. He turns the corner left into the lane. One handed whip out to Duncan. Lines up a right wing triple…DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE. And the Suns are left to stare in awe as Duncan ties it up at the end of OT!
Ginobli right side, hounded by Nash. Crosses and tracks left around the arc. O’neal shows. Ginobli hits the gas into the trees. Slings it lefty right of the point to Duncan. Casts it away from downtown…LEATHER THROUGH LACE! Old man river walk has tied it to force a second OT!
Ginobli to initiate deep right. Flees from Nash on a beeline left. Swerves left around Shaq to the cup. Whistles a crosscourt pass to Duncan right of the key. Hoists the trifecta… SPLASHES DOWN THE WELL! And Duncan douses the Suns heat as he ties it at the end of Overtime.
Ginobli to catalyze the possession right. Nash harassing the whole way. Ginobli scurries across to the left. Avoids Shaq. Careens towards the rim. Fires a left handed bullet back to Duncan top right. Squares up and lets it fly from deep…VELVET! Tim Duncan has the Suns sick with Spursy as he ties it up at the end of the first OT.