Steve Lavin loves Eric Gordon

  • 11/28/2007 9:17 pm in

lavin.jpgIn addition to being in awe of his perfectly placed hairstyle, I’ve always enjoyed listening to former UCLA coach Steve Lavin call games for ESPN. He’s usually spot on with his analysis and also more prepared than most of the bozos the World Wide Leader subjects us to.

Lavin called the Michigan State/NC State blowout Wednesday night at the Breslin Center alongside Dave O’Brien. During the second half, he got sidetracked into talking about our boy, Eric Gordon. The result was the following:

How about Eric Gordon. In my book, Dave, right now the best freshman guard since Jason Kidd broke out of high school from St. Joseph’s in Oakland and played for the Cal Bears.

I think he’s the best freshman in this remarkable class. He’s got a shooting stroke as tight and efficient as J.J. Redick. We’re seeing his ability to get to the rim and just toy with defenders. His quickness, his smothering ball pressure, his poise and composure, the total skill set, I believe, the best guard in college basketball since Jason Kidd.

And I had the chance to coach some good ones, you know Baron Davis was very special, the third pick in the draft, but Gordon’s development is ahead of where Baron was as a freshman. He’s got the ability to beat you in so many ways. With his defense, in transition, he can three-ball you, he can post you up, get offensive boards down low, just a remarkable young player.

Hear that, O.J. and Derrick?

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  • David

    “he can three-ball you”

    Man that sounds dirty.

  • David

    “he can three-ball you”

    Man that sounds dirty.

  • Zach

    Steve Lavin has always been a favorite of mine, and this doesn’t hurt either. The Big Ten trio is the greatest–Lavin, Musberger, and Erin Andrews.

    I’m also kind of bummed that Rick Majerus got back into coaching; I enjoyed him on TV: “Robert Vahhhden is great on OHHffense in the POHHst.”

  • Zach

    Steve Lavin has always been a favorite of mine, and this doesn’t hurt either. The Big Ten trio is the greatest–Lavin, Musberger, and Erin Andrews.

    I’m also kind of bummed that Rick Majerus got back into coaching; I enjoyed him on TV: “Robert Vahhhden is great on OHHffense in the POHHst.”

  • jaime gongora

    All well and good, but we still need to set some picks and screens to help this kid and others become a offensive power.

  • jaime gongora

    All well and good, but we still need to set some picks and screens to help this kid and others become a offensive power.

  • Sherron Wilkerson

    Dont forget about the time Majerus said that the Tennessee cheerleaders were inspiring him to go back to his hotel room and rent an adult movie. Could be the best comment ever said in a basketball game (Tenn vs. UK game couple years back)

  • Sherron Wilkerson

    Dont forget about the time Majerus said that the Tennessee cheerleaders were inspiring him to go back to his hotel room and rent an adult movie. Could be the best comment ever said in a basketball game (Tenn vs. UK game couple years back)

  • jaime gongora

    Did he really say that? man thats funny.

  • jaime gongora

    Did he really say that? man thats funny.

  • PMK

    After one of the IU games last year, a few of my buddies and I approached Steve at his center-court analyst seat and asked him a specific question. We wondered how he would describe the IU home court in relation to his usual choices of snake pit, lions dens, hornets nest, etc.

    For the record, Mr. Lavin enthusiastically chose the snake pit because of the court’s sunken design and venomous crowd. Just thought I would pass that along.

  • PMK

    After one of the IU games last year, a few of my buddies and I approached Steve at his center-court analyst seat and asked him a specific question. We wondered how he would describe the IU home court in relation to his usual choices of snake pit, lions dens, hornets nest, etc.

    For the record, Mr. Lavin enthusiastically chose the snake pit because of the court’s sunken design and venomous crowd. Just thought I would pass that along.

  • kelin

    I love lavin also, surprised he never got back into coaching…..in all honesty I would rank my favorite guys to listen to in this order…

    1. Clark Kellog…(boy does he have some word power)
    2. Bill Rafferty..(I love “send it in”)
    3. Lavin…(He seems like he is drinking a beer and watching a game at the same time…very smooth and funny)
    4. Dickey V….(he has moved down on my list becasue he won’t let go of this Bob Knight thing and renaming the court….)

  • kelin

    I love lavin also, surprised he never got back into coaching…..in all honesty I would rank my favorite guys to listen to in this order…

    1. Clark Kellog…(boy does he have some word power)
    2. Bill Rafferty..(I love “send it in”)
    3. Lavin…(He seems like he is drinking a beer and watching a game at the same time…very smooth and funny)
    4. Dickey V….(he has moved down on my list becasue he won’t let go of this Bob Knight thing and renaming the court….)

  • kelin

    Does anyone when AJ is due back? I read somewhere he has 3 more games to sit out…just as Jordan Crawford.

  • kelin

    Does anyone when AJ is due back? I read somewhere he has 3 more games to sit out…just as Jordan Crawford.

  • james twitty sr

    aj ratliff will be back for the western carolina game-dec.15

  • james twitty sr

    aj ratliff will be back for the western carolina game-dec.15

  • Steve O

    Kelin, are you kidding me? Rafferty is a moron. I hate how he always gets pumped and says stuff really fast. You can barely understand him sometimes. Lavin and Dickie V are 2 of my favorites, Kellog is also solid. I hated when Musberger and Lavin were together though. They were like Bert and Ernie. They always talked about personal stuff and about life on the road. It got annoying. But Lavin def. knows his stuff.

  • Steve O

    Kelin, are you kidding me? Rafferty is a moron. I hate how he always gets pumped and says stuff really fast. You can barely understand him sometimes. Lavin and Dickie V are 2 of my favorites, Kellog is also solid. I hated when Musberger and Lavin were together though. They were like Bert and Ernie. They always talked about personal stuff and about life on the road. It got annoying. But Lavin def. knows his stuff.

  • kelin

    Steve…Rafferty is solid and he knows his stuff. Now he is a little gimmicky with the “man to man” at light speed…but you gotta love the cartoon character voice. I like Musberger in the old NBA days of Bird v Magic, can’t get into him now.

  • kelin

    Steve…Rafferty is solid and he knows his stuff. Now he is a little gimmicky with the “man to man” at light speed…but you gotta love the cartoon character voice. I like Musberger in the old NBA days of Bird v Magic, can’t get into him now.

  • Todd

    Eric Gordon is the real deal, but struggled mightily with the defensive pressure from Stanley Burrell of the Xavier Musketeers. He ended up with 20 (12-12 from the FT line) but was 4-12 from the field and extremely frustrated. The Muskies are for real – watch them beat up on Chris Lofton and UT in a couple of weeks.

    As for broadcasters 1. Gus Johnson, 2. Bill Raftery, 3. Steve Lavin, Last place. (tie) Billy Packer and Dukie Vitale

  • Todd

    Eric Gordon is the real deal, but struggled mightily with the defensive pressure from Stanley Burrell of the Xavier Musketeers. He ended up with 20 (12-12 from the FT line) but was 4-12 from the field and extremely frustrated. The Muskies are for real – watch them beat up on Chris Lofton and UT in a couple of weeks.

    As for broadcasters 1. Gus Johnson, 2. Bill Raftery, 3. Steve Lavin, Last place. (tie) Billy Packer and Dukie Vitale

  • MikeyD

    I like Lavin’s “pepper pot” moniker for little tough scrappers such as Eric Suhr.

  • MikeyD

    I like Lavin’s “pepper pot” moniker for little tough scrappers such as Eric Suhr.

  • Cutter in Chicago

    First, forgot to mention that I like the site. Its really good in terms of content.
    Second, love the Majerus story above.
    Third, since others were mentioning the announcing preferences, IMHO Lavin is tolerable and sometimes amusing. Gus Johnson is solid. Rafferty is getting long in the tooth. Bilas is OK with me, he’s definitely a guy who respects IU for IU and its tradition, also seems like he might be a decent guy to get a beer with. Dykes is horrific and should be sent to the ESPN local market. At times, I can even borderline tolerate Vitale (I still just enjoy his enthusiasm, despite the fact that its so pro-Duke and “The General” this and that). Musberger has actually stabilized in my view and I suspect it because he is away from the Anti-Christ, Billy Packer. Billy Packer should be sent to Guantanamo Bay. He’s the worst.
    Stacey Dales and Erin Andrews. Delightful.

  • Cutter in Chicago

    First, forgot to mention that I like the site. Its really good in terms of content.
    Second, love the Majerus story above.
    Third, since others were mentioning the announcing preferences, IMHO Lavin is tolerable and sometimes amusing. Gus Johnson is solid. Rafferty is getting long in the tooth. Bilas is OK with me, he’s definitely a guy who respects IU for IU and its tradition, also seems like he might be a decent guy to get a beer with. Dykes is horrific and should be sent to the ESPN local market. At times, I can even borderline tolerate Vitale (I still just enjoy his enthusiasm, despite the fact that its so pro-Duke and “The General” this and that). Musberger has actually stabilized in my view and I suspect it because he is away from the Anti-Christ, Billy Packer. Billy Packer should be sent to Guantanamo Bay. He’s the worst.
    Stacey Dales and Erin Andrews. Delightful.

  • kelin

    Things I rather do than listen to Billy Packer….
    1. Chew Foil Paper
    2. Brush my teeth then immediately drink Orange Juice
    3. Watch Lifetime with my wife
    4. Get a voluntary root canal then colonoscopy
    5. Eat White Castle Hamburgers then go on an 8 hour drive.

  • kelin

    Things I rather do than listen to Billy Packer….
    1. Chew Foil Paper
    2. Brush my teeth then immediately drink Orange Juice
    3. Watch Lifetime with my wife
    4. Get a voluntary root canal then colonoscopy
    5. Eat White Castle Hamburgers then go on an 8 hour drive.

  • Steve O

    LOL Kelin,

    Packer is B-A-D. Def. worse than Raffy. I agree with Cutter about Vitale. I think the reason I like watching a game Dickie V is doing the commentary on is because of how animated he is. He always gets pumped, which in turn gets me pumped. I hate how he is soooo biased towards the ACC and Duke in general, and he is definately begining to age and sound like he needs to clear his throat. But at the same time, he just has crazy energy somehow and he gets excited, almost like a fan, and seems like he really loves the game, which is pretty cool.

  • Steve O

    LOL Kelin,

    Packer is B-A-D. Def. worse than Raffy. I agree with Cutter about Vitale. I think the reason I like watching a game Dickie V is doing the commentary on is because of how animated he is. He always gets pumped, which in turn gets me pumped. I hate how he is soooo biased towards the ACC and Duke in general, and he is definately begining to age and sound like he needs to clear his throat. But at the same time, he just has crazy energy somehow and he gets excited, almost like a fan, and seems like he really loves the game, which is pretty cool.

  • Zach

    Another great Majerus line from when they were discussing Rudy Gay (from UConn) in the studio: “I’m not a big gay guy.”

  • Zach

    Another great Majerus line from when they were discussing Rudy Gay (from UConn) in the studio: “I’m not a big gay guy.”

  • kelin

    Zach you could really make an entire CD on what Majerus says, I hate to see him leave the booth but glad he is back in college bball….nothing against KS but would not have had a problem with him being the coach to follow Mike Davis…I thin his health scared people away.

  • kelin

    Zach you could really make an entire CD on what Majerus says, I hate to see him leave the booth but glad he is back in college bball….nothing against KS but would not have had a problem with him being the coach to follow Mike Davis…I thin his health scared people away.

  • MPmike

    Lavin is good at commentary because he knows his stuff and he also coached in Big Ten country(Assistant Coach under Gene Keady before UCLA.)
    I like the other names that the rest of you mentioned and I also agree with the disapproval of Billy Packer-he is the worse of all and even more bias against the Big Ten because he is an ACC guy.

  • MPmike

    Lavin is good at commentary because he knows his stuff and he also coached in Big Ten country(Assistant Coach under Gene Keady before UCLA.)
    I like the other names that the rest of you mentioned and I also agree with the disapproval of Billy Packer-he is the worse of all and even more bias against the Big Ten because he is an ACC guy.