Fox Sports pundits love making loud, misinformed proclamations about the Portland Trail Blazers.
Skip Bayless' trolling of Damian Lillard for not being a superstar despite the Portland point guard having one of the greatest volume scoring seasons in NBA history has been well-documented, but now Chris Broussard has joined in.
In a segment on Tuesday, Broussard claimed that the Trail Blazers should fire Terry Stotts a season after leading the franchise to the Western Conference Finals because of... his offense? What?
“I’m not saying this will lead to a championship, and Terry Stotts has done a very good job in Portland – that’s undeniable," said Broussard. "But I do think they have run their course with him. You’re only going so far with two small ball-dominant jump-shooting guards who do most of your scoring. You would have said that about Golden State in 2014, but what did they incorporate? More movement, and Steph and Klay didn’t dominate the ball and they didn't over-dribble. They need to find a coach who can get some sort of motion offense because they really got talent.”
However, for once, it wasn't just the Portland market clowning a Fox Sports pundit for a bad take.
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The comments caught the eye of former Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons head coach and current color commentator for TNT, Stan Van Gundy, who tweeted that "it's time for Fox Sports Radio to dump Chris Broussard" and for him to "get a clue."
Now, is the Portland offense to blame for the Blazers not living up to expectations? Well, the Blazers ranked third in the NBA in offensive rating (113.2) just 0.1 points per 100 possessions behind the Los Angeles Clippers who start Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Not to mention that heading into the season, the Blazers idea starting lineup of Lillard, McCollum, Hood, Collins and Nurkic missed a combined 182 regular-season games.
Inside the NBA Bubble, the Blazers had the league's best offense at 122.5 points per 100 possessions. For the record, Dallas set the NBA record this season with a 115.9 offensive rating.
Van Gundy spoke nothing but facts and isn't the first member from the NBA world to clown Broussard. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban called him an idiot in 2015 after Broussard claimed that Cuban was "beside himself" trying to get the address of then-free agent center DeAndre Jordan. Cuban quickly refuted the report and after Broussard attempted to defend himself, he eventually apologized to Cuban.
“Regarding my Wednesday report: I should have attempted to contact Mark Cuban before reporting what my sources were telling me," tweeted Broussard. "I always try to carry myself with honesty and integrity both personally and professionally. I recognize that I tweeted hastily, I’m sorry for it, and I will learn from my mistake.”
Now we wait to see if Broussard will backtrack again after being called out by another peer.