NBA

All NBA Media is Local

We have finally finished the compilation of some of the local media entities which follow the teams in the NBA.  Follow the links to see the information for your favorite team:

Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Charlotte Bobcats
Chicago Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets
Detroit Pistons
Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets
Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat
Milwaukee Bucks
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Orleans Hornets
New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers
Sacramento Kings
San Antonio Spurs
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards

The resources for each team represent media entities within the immediate metropolitan area for each club.  It is by no means a comprehensive list.  If you follow other reporters or blogs for your team, add those resources (and links) in the comments for that specific team.  This is a great way to crowd source local media doing great work covering their clubs.

Pacers Feature

All NBA Media is Local- Indiana Pacers

Let’s look at the media contingent for the INDIANA PACERS.

Newspaper- The newspaper of record in Indy is the Indianapolis Star. The online version of the paper has a fairly comprehensive sports section (Twitter), including a dedicated page for the Pacers. Beat writer Mike Wells (Twitter) also keeps up on the Pacers Insider blog. Columnist Bob Kravitz (Twitter) also touches upon the Pacers from time to time.

Sports Radio- 1070 The Fan is the radio home for the Pacers.  Mike Boyle and Bobby Leonard handle the call.  The Fan and WNDE, give fans sports radio options to talk about the team.

Television-  Fox Sports Indiana has the team covered on television. Chris Denari (Twitter), Austin Croshere (Twitter), Quinn Buckner and Clark Kellogg (Twitter) all play a role as analysts. Network Television stations covering the Pacers include WISH, WRTV, WTHR and WXIN.

Blogs- Independent blogs on the Pacers include Indy Corn Rows, Eight Points, Nine Seconds, and Pacers Pulse.

Let us know in the comments of others resources of the Pacers you follow.

Clippers Feature

All NBA Media is Local- Los Angeles Clippers

Time to take a look at the media covering Los Angeles’ other NBA entry, the LA CLIPPERS.

Newspaper- Los Angeles has two newspapers, the L.A. Times and L.A. Daily News.
The Times sports section  has a special section dedicated to the Clippers.  Broderick Turner (Twitter) takes the lead on the Clippers beat..   The paper has Bill Plaschke,  (Twitter) T.J. Simers (Twitter), Bill Dwyre,  Helene Elliott (Twitter) and Chris Erskine (Twitter) as columnists who will chime-in on the Clippers.
At the Daily News, the paper also has a special section dedicated to the Clippers.  Elliott Teaford (Twitter) is the lead Clippers reporter who maintains the Inside the Clippers Blog.  Vincent Bonsignore (Twitter) and Jill Painter (Twitter) will also add their thoughts on the Clippers.

Sports Radio- KFWB is the flagship station for the Clippers Radio Network.  Ralph Lawler (Twitter) and Michael Smith have the call of the games with Brian Sieman handling play-by-play duties when Lawler and Smith shift to television. You can also talk Clippers on KSPN , KLAC, and KLAA.

Television- Lawler and Smith take the lead of Clippers telecasts on Fox Sports West.  The local television outlets covering the Clippers include KCBS, KNBC, KABC, and KTTV.  And don’t forget ESPN Los Angeles’ coverage of the Clippers.

Blogs- Independent blogs covering the Clippers include Clips Nation, Clipper Blog, and Fully Clips.

If we missed a source, add them to the comments.

Rockets Feature

All NBA Media is Local- Houston Rockets

Here are the people and organizations that cover the HOUSTON ROCKETS.

Newspaper- In Houston the Houston Chronicle is he city’s dominant daily newspaper. The online sports section includes a special blog dedicated to the Texans.  Beat writerJonathan Feigen (Twitter) is on the Rockets’ beat.  Columnists Jerome Solomon (Twitter) and Randy Harvey (Twitter) will also write on the team.

Sports Radio-  KILT-AM and KILT-FM serves as the radio home for the Rockets.  Craig Ackerman leads the broadcast.  Along with KILT you can talk Texans on KBME, KNFC,  and KGOW.

Television-  Comcast SportsNet Houston is the television home for the Rockets. Bill Worell will handle play-by-play with analysis shared by Clyde Drexler and Matt Bullard (Twitter).  Local TV coverage can also be found on KHOU, KPRC, KRIV, and KTRK.

Blogs- The Dream Shake and Clutch Fans are a pair of blogs that cover the team.

Who did we miss?  Add them to the comments.

Bobcats Feature

All NBA Media is Local- Charlotte Bobcats

Here is the local media covering the CHARLOTTE BOBCATS.

Newspaper-  The region is covered well by the Charlotte Observer.  Their online sports section includes a page dedicated to the Bobcats.  Beat writer Rick Bonnell (Twitter) also writes the Inside the NBA blog.  Columnists Scott Fowler (Twitter) and Tom Sorensen (Twitter) will also share their thoughts on the Bobcats.

Sports Radio- WFNZ, The Fan is the radio home for the Bobcats. Scott Lauer (Twitter) handles the broadcasts. The Fan, and 730 AM ESPN are the sports radio stations where fans can discuss all things Bobcats.

Television-  Fox Sports Carolinas is the TV home for the Bobcats.  Steve Martin (Twitter) and Del Curry lead the broadcast team. Network Television options in covering the team come from WBTV, WCCB, WCNC, and WSOC.  also has coverage of the team.

Blogs- Rufus on Fire, Bobcats Baseline, Trade Street Post, Bobcats Planet and Queen City Hoops are some independent voices covering the Bobcats.

Do you see someone we missed?  Add those to the comments.

Spurs Feature

All NBA Media is Local- San Antonio Spurs

Let’s look at the media covering the SAN ANTONIO SPURS

Newspaper-  
The San Antonio Express-News serves the greater San Antonio area.  Its online sports section includes a special page of content on the Spurs.  Reporter Dan McCarney (Twitter) has the beat covered.  ColumnistsBuck Harvey (Twitter) and Mike Monroe (Twitter) will have also have much to say on the Spurs.

Sports Radio- WOAI  serves as the flagship station for the Spurs.Bill Schoeningcalls each game.  Spurs talk can also be heard on ESPN 1420, ESPN 1250 and Ticket 760.

Television- Spurs games on TV can be seen on Fox Sports Southwest, KMYS TV and KENS TV.  Bill Land and Sean Elliott have the call.. Check out other television coverage of the Spurs on WOAI,KSAT, and KABB.

Blogs- Pounding the Rock, Project Spurs,  48 Minutes of Hell and Air Alamo are some of the other places for Spurs news and analysis.

Use the comments to add others who report on the Spurs we did not include.

Raptors Feature

All NBA Media is Local- Toronto Raptors

North of the border now to check out the media covering the TORONTO RAPTORS

Newspaper-
There are three newspapers that serve Toronto.  The Globe and Mail has a sports section which has a special basketball section. Lori Ewing follows the Raptors for the Canadian Press.
The Star has a sports section that also devotes space to the Raptors. Doug Smith (Twitter) is on the Raptors’ beat. In its sports section The Toronto Sun also has a page devoted to the Raptors. Mike Ganter (Twitter) leads the Raptors’ beat for the paper. Columnists Steve Buffery (Twitter), Steve Simmons (Twitter) and Mike Zeisberger (Twitter) may also chime in on the Raptors.

Sports Radio-SportsNet 590 the Fan  serves as the flagship for the Raptors. Paul Jones (Twitter) and Eric Smith (Twitter) are on the mic. You can also talk Raptors on TSN Radio Toronto.

Television- SportsNet One and TSN have the Raptors on local TV.  Matt Devlin (Twitter) teams with Leo Rautins on SportsNet and Jack Armstrong on TSN.   CBC Toronto and CTV Toronto are also places to find Raptors news on TV.

Blogs- Raptors HQ, Raptors Republic and Hoops Head North provide some independent Raptors insight.

If we missed some local resources, add them in the comments.

Suns Feature

All NBA Media is Local- Phoenix Suns

Here is the local media outlets following the PHOENIX SUNS.

Newspaper-  The Arizona Republic is the largest newspaper in the region.  It’s online newspaper is part of AZCentral.com, which does do a good job using newspaper content on its sports section.   They have special content dedicated to the Suns.  Beat writer Paul Coro (Twitter) also maintains his Orange Slices blog for the paper.  Paola Boivin (Twitter) will, at times, chime in on the Suns.

Sports Radio- KTAR-AM & FM serve as the flagship in the Suns Radio Network.  Al McCoy and Tim Kempton (Twitter) call all the action.  KTAR and XTRA 910AM are also places to talk Suns basketball.

Television- Fox Sports Arizona has the Suns action locally. Steve Albert has the play-by-play with Eddie Johnson (Twitter) and Ann Meyers-Drysdale (Twitter). KNXV, KPHO, KPNX, and KSAZ are the network television outlets in Phoenix that follow the Suns.

Blogs-  Bright Side of the Sun, Valley of the Suns, Suns Stuft and Sun N Gun are some independent sources of Suns news.

If we missed someone you follow, add them in the comments.

Pistons Feature

All NBA Media is Local- Detroit Pistons

Off to the Motor City to check out the local media covering the DETROIT PISTONS

Newspaper-
Detroit is primarily a two paper town, sharing one owner with two editorial staffs. The Detroit Free Press has a fairly well laid out online sports section which includes content dedicated to the Pistons. Vince Ellis (Twitter) is the lead Pistons beat reporter for the paper.  Expect columnists Mitch Albom (Twitter),  Drew Sharp (Twitter) and Jeff Seidel (Twitter) to chime in on the Pistons from time to time.
The Detroit News also has a good layout for its sports section. Its’ Pistons-specific page also mixes in other news from around the NFL. Beat reporter Vincent Goodwill, Jr. (Twitter) keeps readers up to date on the paper’s Pistons Blog.  Bob Wojnowski (Twitter), Jerry Green,  John Niyo (Twitter) and Terry Foster (Twitter) are the columnists for the News.

Sports Radio- WYXT The Ticket serves as the flagship in the Pistons Radio Network.  Mark Champion (Twitter) is the voice of Pistons with legend Rick Mahorn (Twitter) adding color.  You can also talk Pistons on WDFN.

Television- Fox Sports Detroit is the local TV home for the Pistons. George Blaha and Greg Kesler make-up the broadcast team.   WDIV, WJBK, WXYZ, and WWJ handle the local network television coverage of the Pistons.

Blogs-  Looking for independent Pistons coverage?  Try Detroit Bad Boys, Need for Sheed, Piston Powered, and Life on Dumars.

Let us know in the comments of others you follow we did not list.

Jazz Feature

All NBA Media is Local- Utah Jazz

Time to examine the local media covering the UTAH JAZZ.

Newspaper-  There are two newspapers in Salt Lake City covering the Jazz. The Salt Lake Tribunes sports section has devoted space to the Jazz.  Bill Orham (Twitter), Steve Luhm (Twitter) and Tony Jones (Twitter) follow the team and write for the Jazz Blog.  Columnists Gordon Monson and Kurt Kragthorpe will also comment on the Jazz.
The Desert News also has a special Jazz section on its sports site. Blaze Bullock (Twitter) is one of many who cover the Jazz for the paper.  There are also many columnists who will also cover the Jazz beat.

Sports Radio-The Zone is the home for the Jazz on radio.  David Locke (Twitter) and Ron Boone are on the call.  You can also talk Jazz on ESPN 700.

Television- Root Sports Utah has the Jazz action locally. Craig Bolerjack (Twitter) and Matt Harpring (Twitter) call the ation. KUTV, KTVX, KSL, and KSTU are the network television outlets in Salt Lake City that follow the Jazz.

Blogs-  SLC Dunk, The Utah Jazz Blog, Salt City Hoops and Living and Dying by the Jazz are some independent coverage of the team.

If we missed people and blogs you like, add them in the comments.