Sports Animal says Jim Traber's attacks on Thunder broadcast crew are ignored by team
BY MEL BRACHT NewsOK.com
Friday, February 08, 2013
2/08/13 at 9:40 AM
“I don't believe a word Brian Davis says. Brian Davis is told what to say.”
— Jim Traber on his Sports Animal Radio Network show Monday afternoon.
It's highly unusual for a sports talk show host on a major league team's flagship radio station to so blatantly rip the team's TV play-by-play announcer. But such was the case Monday when Traber dug into Davis, who had discussed the Thunder's loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers that morning on WWLS-FM 98.1/The Sports Animal.
Traber said he didn't buy Davis' explanation that the team was experimenting with Kevin Martin in a late-game situation instead of playing defensive-whiz Thabo Sefolosha to cover Cavs star Kyrie Irving, who shredded the Thunder for 35 points.
“That to me is just an excuse for a bad coaching move,” Traber said in a phone interview. “I've been doing radio for 20 years, and if I think Bob Stoops or Mike Gundy or Eddie Sutton or Scott Brooks, whoever it is, is doing something that I don't like, I'm going to say it.”
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Jim Traber. NewsOK.com photo