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NBA Needs to Stop End-of-Quarter Interviews (Poll)

There is something more unbearable to watch in the NBA than the Knicks. It lasts only about a minute a game, and for me, it almost ruins the entire product.

When I planned out my weekend, I definitely didn’t see myself watching too much of the Knicks. They seem lifeless on the floor. They can’t shoot or defend.

But then Jimmer signed with the Bulls, and I found myself watching on Sunday as the Knicks were in Chicago.

But this isn’t about Jimmer, or even about the Knicks.

What is that thing that’s the most unbearable thing to watch in sports?

The post-quarter interviews.

My goodness. It is the most awkward, uninformative 15 seconds of television in every broadcast.  The last thing I need to see is Doris Burke interviewing Mike Woodson about what went wrong in a 12 minute first quarter that produced a 20-point deficit.

We can all see what went wrong.


Every answer is one sentence. “We didn’t play defense.” “We need to hit more shots.” “We need to stay out of foul trouble.”

It’s so predictable that it’s embarrassing. The interviews last 15 seconds because the coaches all have, um, a job to do.

At least with the halftime interview in the NFL, the coaches have a little more time to give thoughtful answers to some real questions.

The post-game interview exists for a reason. That’s the time for a coach to sit and reflect on a whole game, rather than a small sample of minutes.

The NBA has done a lot right in the last few years. This isn’t one of them.


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