Anyone else here think that announcer Doug Gottlieb -- he of the "alarmingly unathletic" quote -- has been sent to a Communist-style reeducation camp to get such heresies out of his head? He must broadcast three consecutive Duke games, two from a Communist country, and say nothing but nice things about Duke, the players and Coach K.
I think he is making excellent progress, but the proof will be in the regular season.
His commentary today has been excellent, superb even. Specific, detailed, in more than a few instances Knight-like in its inside-the-real-game insights.
Maybe when he's actually dealing with the intricacies of the game his knowledge comes out, compared to his attempts at cleverness in studio.
"Alarmingly unathletic" aside, I've always felt that Gottlieb has gotten a bad rap from Duke fans. I think more often than not he evaluates us fairly.
I agree with gumbo. Gottlieb's commentary has been excellent. I have to confess that I chuckled when Marshall picked up a foul after checking in late in the game and Gottlieb quipped that he was trying to match his brothers in fouls per minute played.
Personally, I think Gottlieb has always been a great in game commentator as he researches the teams really well, even when it's a team that gets no press and I couldn't name a single player on the team. It's his in studio commentary that sometimes rubs me the wrong way, but overall, I think he just tells it like he sees it and doesn't have a clear bias or anything. I appreciate the honesty and he does have some good insights.
Gottlieb even said that Duke got off to a quick start by out athleting China today.
He lost his main line about Duke getting all the calls and his reporting has been very fair.
Mack Brown and he are a little boring but not as annoying as Len Elmore.
They make it sound like they watched the first game that was not televised. Not sure if they are traveling with team or not, as prior post idicates.
They may need some filler material in the Dubai game where subs should log more PT.
He's turned a corner for the better.
I do feel he's made an effort to research more and back his statements with more plausible thoughts.
His un-athletic comment was a knee-jerk reaction and a poor choice of words (foot in mouth)...
I think Coach K's reaction put it in perspective for him and everyone how ridiculous his comment was. Wh
A few weeks after the Georgetown he started to realize how Duke's slow down style, size (especially Zoub's stats cleaning up both ends of the glass) and hard nosed defense game made it a top contender for the championship, at a time when others scoffed.
He started presenting some good rational and eventually was vindicated. He was definitely swimming against the current at that time and he was doing so by not giving into the stereotypes and looking at the data.
Every now and then he digresses, but I do believe he's hitting a stride.
So to Sum up..
Doug Gottlieb can be more than serviceable when:
There are no other games are on in the time slot.
He doesn't speak the language of Dukes opposition.
He has no on-site distractions.
Is forced to watch the game and talk about that game..
Noted - We can easily see if this holds form on his next Duke game in the States as a control test.
I'm tempted to think that with no other recourse, he was forced to talk about the game.
I wonder if he would have said Harrison Barnes isn't an NBA player during the early part of last season.