Hawks’ Holman a meanie, film at 11!

This was Dwyane Wade in Game 5, down but not out.

This was Miami's Dwyane Wade in Game 5, clearly not feeling so good. (AP photo.)

LIVE FROM MIAMI! — Sorry for the screaming. But it’s been a while since I’ve been to a potential series-clinching game. In the NBA. Involving the Hawks.

You know a playoff series is starting to get out of hand when camera crews go to a Hawks’ shoot-around and surround their radio play-by-play announcer. That’s what happened this morning, when broadcaster Steve Holman was encircled by Miami media members, as if, like, he was an escaped war criminal, or maybe had something to do with this pig flu.

If you haven’t heard by now, Holman was a little bit rough on the Heat’s Dwyane Wade in Game 5 Wednesday night at Philips Arena. Here’s a link to a nice audio/picture montage and another link to a recap in the Palm Beach Post.

Here's the Mr. Meanie, Hawks' radio voice Steve Holman.

Here's Mr. Meanie, Hawks' radio voice Steve Holman. (Getty Images.)

I’ll wait here until you’re done listening, watching and reading. Then I’ll give you Holman’s side.

(Pause.)

Done?

OK. So if you’ve ever heard Holman before, you know this bit is nothing new for him. He’s a homer. He’s proud of it. But apparently those with virgin ears in south Florida aren’t taking his verbal A-bombs very well.

Holman’s reaction: “It’s amazing. This poor old radio announcer has done these games for 24 years in mostly anonymity and the funny part of it is I’ve done the same thing for 24 years. I’ve had the same shtick. I learned from Johnny Most [the late Boston Celtics announcer]. He was my mentor. He taught me it’s the Good Guys vs. the Bad Guys, like in the cowboy movies. It’s all theater. It’s not brain surgery. I’m not operating on anybody’s tumor or performing quadruple bypasses on anyone. I’m trying to entertain our Hawks fans for 2 ½ hours so they can get away from 8 1/2 percent unemployment and GM going belly up, from Arlen Spector changing parties to the Swine Flu. People hear enough of that. I’d like to give them some enjoyment for a little while.”

For the record, that was Holman who put Arlen Spector and the Swine Flu in the same sentence. Please forward all political emails to him.

WADE SAYS HE’S HEALED: Sort of. After extended treatment and massage Friday morning, the Heat guard said, “I’m better today than I’ve been the last two days. That’s the main thing. I’m better today, I’ve got a smile on my face and I’m ready to go.”

Sorry. No rebuttal from Holman.

Flip Murray has been the difference in the series, according to D-Wade.

Flip Murray has been the difference in the series, according to D-Wade.

PRAISE FOR FLIP: Wade had some kind words for the Hawks’ Flip Murray, saying he has been the difference through six games. “When you go into a series you say someone has to be an X factor,” Wade said. “In our series, you say, ‘OK, Joe Johnson and Dwyane Wade. Let’s take those two out of it. Now let’s take these other guys off.’ Flip has been more of an X factor than our role players and off-the-bench players.’ He’s been the most consistent, and he’s the reason they’re up, 3-2.”

WADE’S PLAN: Will he start out trying to score or get teammates involved? He says he has no idea. And if he did, I imagine he wouldn’t say. “Sometimes it depends how teams are playing me. Sometimes it’s what the coach wants me to do, what the scheme is. Me having the ball in my hands a lot, I have the freedom to go off and take shots. Sometimes, I feel I have to come out and show teammates, ‘This is how I feel tonight.’”

MY PLAN: Live blogging from a night game on deadline while trying to work on a column isn’t an easy thing. But I’ll try to do some tonight, at least through the first half, and certainly respond to comments and questions. Thanks all.

218 comments Add your comment

ATL_LOVE

May 1st, 2009
2:16 pm

Glad we have a homer calling for us. The national media is on Wade’s side already. Also, I’m mad at the NBA for rescinding the technical foul against Wade. If a guy is flying at the basket and you ride him hip-to-hip causing his momentum to double and he crashes into the floor, then it just might be a hard foul. Until you’ve had that done to you you don’t know what I’m talking about. He could’ve hurt Mo and it happened after Wade got a chip on his shoulder about how he was fouled earlier. Stern is showing Wade love while disregarding Mo’s health. Amazing.

bali

May 1st, 2009
2:20 pm

jeff you are the hardest working man in showbusiness/ slow down , smell the roses

NRBQ

May 1st, 2009
2:23 pm

See there, Jeff? You should take some shots at Wade, too. It would spread your cred.

Marcus

May 1st, 2009
2:25 pm

Why is it that playoff series that have this kind of melodrama always involve either:
a. Miami Heat
b. Pat Riley
c. any combination of the above

the broadcast teams for the local teams are supposed to be biased. It is utter agony to have to listen to the opponents broadcast when you can’t get a signal (or local blackout) for your favorite team(s), but you have to roll with the punches. Leaving from church, I had to listen to the PHI Eagles broadcast for the Eagles/ATL Falcons game last fall..rankling me to the core, but you have to know what you are dealing with.

Wes

May 1st, 2009
2:26 pm

After rescinding the flagrant foul, I’ve also heard that the NBA has awarded him any basket that he felt he should have made and an “Honerable Mention” trophy for his team coming in second for the game.

I MUS.WRITE

May 1st, 2009
2:26 pm

Wait a minute -didnt D wade jump on a table pounding his chest after the last second win over Chicago…… Now he’s claiming disrespect becuz of a dunk attempt in a game where they were dwn by 20 with 4 minutes to go……. Shut up and play ball already- What a lil Bee-ach!

Craig

May 1st, 2009
2:27 pm

Jeff – I put this up on my blog earlier today about the Holeman saga, I thought you might like it:

Steve Holman, the radio voice of the Hawks, is one of my favorite media personalities in sports. He’s broadcast nearly 1,600 straight Hawks games, a streak that started in March of 1989. He has earned the right to say whatever he is thinking, and more importantly, what he is thinking is generally what most Hawks fans are thinking. I hold the utmost respect for that man, and what he said over the course of Game 5 was exactly what I wanted my hometown radio broadcaster to say – he paints a great story, and he’s a homer. Why wouldn’t you want a huge homer covering your team? If you don’t like listening to a homer, watch TNT and get your fill of slobber over Dwayne Wade. Me? I’ll take the homer, along with all the things he says that the national media wouldn’t dare to.

Dawg4life

May 1st, 2009
2:40 pm

Jeff,

C’mon man. I’m a Hawks fan and I will be rooting for them tonight, but honestly, when I read your column about their toughness, I had to question whether you made that summation based purely on their wins, or their whole body of work. Because their whole body of work connotes that they’re tough at times when they’re at home, but on the road, it’s a totally different story. Add to that a mad and insulted Heat team and superstar, who for all intents and purposes, is better at 70 percent than Joe Johnson at 100 percent, and things don’t look too good.

Honestly, while I was at Philips in Game 5 cheering for the Hawks, I kept wondering why the Heat got away from what made them so successful against JJ in the games they won, which was doubling JJ early and often. IMO, thankfully they did stop doing it, and I thought that’s why the Hawks were able to win.

That being said, for the record, I’m still pulling for the Hawks and I hope they win, it’s just that I think we have to temper our optimism with the fact that we’re not a good road team, largely due to the fact that our ‘toughness’ seems to disappear on the road, and Miami’s ‘insulted’ superstar is capable of elevating his team to a win.

BigTimeGaTechFan

May 1st, 2009
2:47 pm

Wade went for body and made it look like he was going for the ball. watch film of past games an see how easy it is to avoid fould when blocking from behind like that, in fact I bet you can pull out films of all Heat games and you would see Wade make that block many times and you will never see foul even if he misses the block. He jumped strait into his body. Anybody who has ever played the game can tell what he was doing and not get fooled by arm up like he was going for ball.

Reid Adair

May 1st, 2009
3:04 pm

Steve Holman needs to keep up the great work. Dwyane Wade is a prima donna, and he was acting like it Wednesday night. Anyone who watched the game, either in person or on TV, saw it.

Who cares if Wade, anyone with the heat or the hacks at the Palm Beach Post don’t like it?

Hopefully the Hawks will put Wade and the Heat out of EVERYONE’s misery tonight.

Astro Joe

May 1st, 2009
3:04 pm

Wow, when was the last time any sports team from Atlanta had a psychological advantage over a playoff opponent? Between Holman, Mario West and Zaza, the Heat are focused on pretty much everyone not named Joe Johnson and Mike Bibby. Who woulda thunk that our starting backcourt would be an after-thought at the end of the series. Might be time for those guys to step forward out of the shawdows while Wade is eaves-dropping on Holman’s broadcast.

stinger

May 1st, 2009
3:13 pm

I like tickle piles.

J from MIA

May 1st, 2009
3:15 pm

TO KNOW THAT DIZ IS YOUR BEST TEAM IN FRANCHISE HISTORY IS PATHETIC!!!!!!!… Hawks act like they have a ring … but wen last time i checked yall have never came close to getting the championship..We got a championship faster thatn yall and we started after u guys?!?!?!

To the WADE HATERZ!!!! shut da f up cauze if wade was playin for yall …yall fanz will be clappin like it was da best thing in da world

Yall franchise is a joke…Yall cant draft and got lucky that joe johnson cauze he wanted more money so he signed wit yall. yall could of had CP3 and yall got marvin williams???? and josh childress is in italy ??? wowww wat a bum franchise… To know that your best palyer is dominique is sad as life

WADE…Mourning…Shaq..are way better players than Dominque…So be happy ATL fans cause diz wnt last for 2 years

BA

May 1st, 2009
3:17 pm

“Live blogging from a night game while trying to work on a column isn’t an easy thing”.

Then how come everyone else on the internet can manage to do it with ease?

How come David O’Brien can do it roughly 130 times a year?

frog

May 1st, 2009
3:17 pm

with 2 starters out, i hope woodson was able to refocus smith on his role and keep him within 15 feet of each hoop.

Hawks Fan

May 1st, 2009
3:22 pm

J from MIA – You are quite entertaining. We are all laughing at you. GO HAWKS!!!

PMC

May 1st, 2009
3:25 pm

Isn’t Spolestra that cooking oil that makes you lose control of your bowels? Maybe that rubbed off on Wade.

Seriously. Dude you’re a stuperstar… you’re concerned with a home team announcer? Wow. South Florida with thier panties in a bunch. Priceless.

Really the effort has been embarassing Heat. Pat Reilly is the GM and they are whining about physical play. Hilarious.

PMC

May 1st, 2009
3:27 pm

ZO can’t hold Dominique’s Jock. please.

Diff. Breed

May 1st, 2009
3:31 pm

Don’t think Nique or Bird or Jordan cried as much, but hey different era different breed. Wade talked to the refs more than he talks to his coach. Leave the Dirty ball play at home and Play Ball!

Gary

May 1st, 2009
3:33 pm

HaHaHaHa…….check out the little babies down in Miami whining about Steve Holman. Instead of complaining about how crappy their team is playing, they are whining about a radio announcer having some fun with the opposing team and their poster boy.

http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2009/04/heat_hawks_josh_smith_steve_holman.php

Gary

May 1st, 2009
3:35 pm

Wait a minute?? Someone actually has the balls to say Zo was better than Nique??? HAHAHAHA that is awesome……only some fan from Miami could say that.

Chelsea Alpharetta Blues

May 1st, 2009
3:38 pm

J from MIA – That’s awesome! I’m not sure if you’re a real Heat fan or someone making fun of Heat fans. Either way, I appreciate the laugh.

Scott

May 1st, 2009
3:41 pm

J from Mia…is that supposed to be English?

I THINK you said that Alonzo Mourning was better than Dominique Wilkins…I may be wrong because English is actually my first language, but if that’s what you were trying to say then please put down the crack pipe.

It’s pretty funny that this team and their fans have to use a radio announcer for motivation. Now THAT is a “bum franchise.”

Drew

May 1st, 2009
3:44 pm

The Heat fans are not used to homer announcers. I listened to game 4 on my XM radio and their announcers were so negative towards their own team. Maybe they’re tired of the crap!

Demetrius

May 1st, 2009
3:46 pm

People from Miami cannot talk ,the only reason they won a championship was because of Shaq andd not ZO yall think Wade will get yall a ring by himself yall are ridiculous,just like the Miami Dolphins.The Orlando Magic are better than yall,the only thing Miaimi is known for are their beach and hotels certainly not the sports and their wack rappers besides plies.Wade talk to the refs like they are his girlfriend and will beat them like Ike Turner if he do not get his way.The refs will give him his way in Miami ,we do not like cry babies in the A.

RickNole

May 1st, 2009
4:00 pm

Lets end this thing tonight, i am tired of the whiny Heat Fans and D. Wade.

Jeff Schultz

May 1st, 2009
4:04 pm

## Bali: I’d love to. But I have a hard enough time growing lettuce.
## NRBQ: Hey, I actually like Wade. (Jeez. there goes my chance for cred.)
## Wes: Did you really believe that was a flagrant foul? Actually, i didn’t. Hard yes, flagrant no. The league’s gotten WAY too soft.
## Craig: I think Holman deserves some sort of survival badge for lasting 1600 Hawks games. May have to break down his won-loss record one day. But I agree — I have no problem with hometown broadcaster (radio or TV) being a homer. They’re playing to their audience.
## Dawg: I’m basing it on their last 2 games. I thought I made that clear.
## BA: Dave isn’t human. But that said — does he respond to comments during the last few innings of the game? Seriously? I don’t think so. And most Internet bloggers ONLY blog — that’s their assignment, not a post-game column. But thanks for your interest in our business.

J from MIA

May 1st, 2009
4:10 pm

have you ever won a championship ATL?????????

Dont worry I’ll wait

Falcons=0
braves =in last 25 years 0
hawks=0
GT=0

Heat =1
Dolphins=2
Marlins=2
Canes=5

GET on our level ATL

MannyT

May 1st, 2009
4:21 pm

Now if we can only get Mario to involve Holman in a routine when he gets excited, those two might become the ML Carr & Johnny Most of a new generation ;-)

Holman is fun because of his routine. Mario is fun because he tries so hard. Those things are true regardless of how many points we score. They should keep it up.

If only Steve would get a mohawk to match Mario’s ‘frohawk 8-O

Imagine if they got Holman to do some voice overs for the skits they put on the big screen during time outs. Send him to South Beach in 1930s beachwear to chat up the Miami locals. Put that on the big screen and a star is reborn.

Hawks Fan

May 1st, 2009
4:27 pm

Thought I would post a correction to J from MIA. Get you facts straight! Again, I am laughing.

Falcons=0
Braves=3
Hawks=1
GT=3

DavidT

May 1st, 2009
4:27 pm

Its obvious the Atlanta Hawks as an organization don’t know how to act since they are on the verge of winning a 7 game series for the first time in how many year? Almost 30? You guys make your city look 2nd rate. This is playoff basketball! Welcome to show guys! Quit the jealousy you have for DWade and city of Miami as a whole. But hey, I would feel the same if I lived in atlanta instead of Miami!!!

PMC

May 1st, 2009
4:29 pm

The dolphins? And you bring up the braves title 14 years ago?

The Dolphins? They still play football in Miami Mercury Morris?

and the Hurricanes? Um. The Hurricanes have fallen so hard they were turned down by the coach at RUTGERS!

Just remember 2006 happily. The Marlins while having the best scouting department in the Majors don’t count… someone actually has to see the title for it to happen.

Scott

May 1st, 2009
4:31 pm

That’s funny…a Miami fan telling the Hawks that THEY don’t know how to act. This from a city that has their panties in a twist over a radio announcer, and are more concerned with a missed dunk than the fact that their team was down 20 points at the time.

Miami fans…keep it up. You guys are hilarious.

Oh, and jealous of Miami. Right. I don’t know if it’s NY South or Cuba North…either way, we’re pretty happy right here, thanks.

PMC

May 1st, 2009
4:33 pm

I like D Wade when he suits up for the USA I respect his game. Just not in this series. He should get props for what he did given the supporting cast. The whining in this series though… really lame.

The Pistons of the 80’s would be lauging at the “physicality” of this series.

oldmike

May 1st, 2009
4:33 pm

J from Miami what planet do you live on? Go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Institute_of_Technology
and see how many championships GT has won. And get your head out of your butt and remember the 1995 World Series winning Braves. And one moer thing I think at GT players get an education to go along with their football contrary to Canes party school classes.

DavidT

May 1st, 2009
4:33 pm

The Hawks are the better team. After Wade, Atlanta has more talent and depth. Yet if Miami wins tonite, this lesser Heat team has taken the favored Hawks to the full 7 games. The Heat are still a team on the way up, far from what they will be in 2010 which is Pat Riley’s blueprint. The Hawks? This is it for them. This is as good as you are going to be. Whats changed? If you were so good, this series would be nowhere near to heading to a decisive seventh game. Pathetic team, pathetic city.

Hawks Fan

May 1st, 2009
4:34 pm

Jealous of Miami? Nope.

Hawksgirl

May 1st, 2009
4:34 pm

Wow j from miami. You are giving us in atl a laugh. Yea yal won a champioship years ago but thats the past. Lets focus on now or recent.

Let’s see last year you won how many games and we went to the playoffs right? This year yal are the 5th seed almost losing it to the 76rs right? Yal have wade, some washed up players, and rookies v.s. jj,smoove, bibby, flip, marvin, al, etc. Wow dude you shouldnt even be talkin cause yal embarass yourselves. And anyway we arent talking about cities, its about basketball.

What’s yal level? The 5th. We cant move down to yals so dont be sad when the heat are at the 8th spot next year.

Hawks Fan

May 1st, 2009
4:38 pm

DavidT – Pat Riley has a blueprint?

Hawksgirl

May 1st, 2009
4:40 pm

If miami was a better team this series would be over would it not DavidT? And we lead 3-2. No excuses just watch tonights game. All the greats ususally go to more than 4 except the cavs this postseason. I guarantee we wont get swept by the cavs. You will have time to watch when we knock the heat out this round.

mfish

May 1st, 2009
4:41 pm

J from MIA. I thought your first post was stupid enough and did not even warrant a response. But your second response is just wrong. I know Atlanta is not the best sports city, but get your facts straight. The Braves won the World Series in 1995. If my math is right, that is within the past 25 years. What do you think? Also, I am no Georgia Tech fan but I believe they won the football national championship in 1990. Also, Atlanta had the Olympics in 1996, so it is not too bad of a sports city. Anyways, this series is being played now and not in the past. We are obviously the better team and will be for the next several years. You might think that you are a team on the rise, but I believe our average age is younger than yours. We will win tomorrow without two starters, but I know when it happens you and other Miami fans will be saying you would win if Wade was healthy. Ridiculous. I don’t think the Hawks will win the championship, but we will beat your once mighty Heat. Also, if you want to bring up the past. I think it is lame that the city of Miami is on the verge of losing a baseball team that has won two World Series in the past 15 years. Great support you show for your teams. Maybe you should stop focusing on your opponent and opponent’s city so much. Pass that on to Wade if you want. If Mario West is irrlevant to him, why is he mentioning him?

G State Ben

May 1st, 2009
4:41 pm

David,

It is a 4-5 matchup. Neither team is truly favored except to win at home. How are the Heat ahead? You lose virtually no salary coming off the books (which will drive you over the salary cap, yet again) after the season and still have to pay JO $22 million. Yep, sound moves. How’s that Mark Blount $7 million tasting right now? You still have no proven PG outside of Chalmers, no other legit scorer other than Dwyane “My back hurts when we lose” Wade.

Pathetic city? Where are all those hard core Miami sports fans? They don’t exist. Go back to South beach and party hardy, the boys from the A are coming.

mfish

May 1st, 2009
4:47 pm

DavidT, the Celtics were not a pathetic team last year and we took them to game seven. What did they go on to do?

DavidT

May 1st, 2009
4:52 pm

Wow! you guys from Atlanta make my points for me! Hawksgirl! Can you read?? I said ATLANTA is the better team! Way to represent your hometown. And G State Ben……please check the facts. Miami will have the most salary-cap space than any team in the NBA come 2010. The Hawks wish they had somebody running the organization like a Pat Riley. Enjoy your success now because this is as good as it will get Hawks fans!!!

Mark Twain

May 1st, 2009
5:01 pm

Jeff don’t worry about that online blogging while writing a column. I’ll throw you a few softballs you can hit out of the park. Just be sure to put another picture of a hot babe on your next column. Steve Holman does not rank with Erin, but who does?

mike

May 1st, 2009
5:05 pm

gotta love Holman.. screw D wade, go get some more STD’s or something. Hawks in 6.

Chris

May 1st, 2009
5:08 pm

Tell em how its is Steve, You F****** Awesome! J from Miami you an idiot! PS> Atlanta Sports have thee very best announcers and I love you guys meaning Skip, Pete, Steve Don Ernie and Dennis “Get that sh*t outa here! Go Hawks!

JSS

May 1st, 2009
5:23 pm

Listening to you bunch of weiners from the ATL and MIA suburbs is like watching hair grow on the top of Jeff Schultz’s head… BORING!!! The Canes best days were 10 years ago… The Heat (thank goodness for the most explosive 6′4″ player since 6′1″ Momma’s Boy Isiah Thomas), one hit wonders… The Sailfish (Two words: Got Stadium?), The Kitty Cats (AKA Panthers) where did that Russian dude go? Oh that was the 90’s, my bad… And now for the only time that could make the Falocons look like winners in 07, the Bad News Dolphins (hey I will give credit where it is due, they are a strong arm QB away from being in the playoffs for 5 or 6 years…)

Now for my hometown, the most divided place on earth… Where the rich get richer and the poor get the picture… And then they get a federal bailout while crying socialism at the people who saving their butts (hyprocriscy)… Where a bald headed Benny the Beaver look-a-like and a Pat Riley wannabe (AKA John Kincade) are allowed to lie and post innuendo masquerading as truth on a daily basis… Where a lying team owner can hold a franchise and segment hostage while looking like Dick Dastardly… Where the poster child of the baseball team makes John Edwards look like a choir boy… I could go on, but my Goddaughter is graduating from college tomorrow,Next stop Stanford grad school…

Go Undermanned Hawks… Go Steve Harvey lite (AKA Woody the Schultz Killer), and go Truth-Serum (he’s a bit crazy, but he’s our crazy!!! Ain’t nothing wrong with that) The rest of you Schultz apologist(s) stink…

J from MIA

May 1st, 2009
5:46 pm

When did yall win a championship?????????

I make yall laugh???
Shyt yall make me laugh?? You can tell the way yall act …yall never been there before.. celebrating after a little dunk.. celebrating after wade missesd a three… trying to dunk and 1…yall announcer==== thats how you know that yall never been in any primetime event for a looooooooooong time

Think yall better than us cause yall have a better team now?? Cmon your franchise is a joke… your in the playoffs for what the 2nd time in how long???? Yall scrubs better soke this up now cause yall wnt compete with nobody after the 2010 summer
Miami(most cap scpace), Cleveleand, Magic, the top teams after 2010……and New york(if they get some good talent with that cap space)

And for the canes are washed up.. we put the best players in the NFL handsdown.. (maybe USC will tie us)

Jeff Schultz

May 1st, 2009
6:04 pm

Mark Twain: Sekou and I walked into the arena at the same time as a couple of Miami Heat dancers. Also saw a few this morning. Life’s all about timing.