Kevin Harlan is one of the greatest sports broadcasters of this generation, and when it’s all said and done, he’ll be in the GOAT discussion.
Harlan’s versatility — similar to Mike Tirico and Al Michaels — is a big part of what makes him great. Factor in his clear knowledge and passion for whatever he’s calling, usually football and basketball, and it makes for such a great broadcast. He makes even the silliest and nonsensical moment so entertaining, like when a black cat ran onto the field during a Monday Night Football game last season, and he delivered a call for the ages in the booth.
And he doesn’t necessarily even need to be in an arena to showcase his talents to the world, either. Covid-19 has presented new challenges for media, coaches and players alike, and Harlan is no different. He was forced to call Tuesday night’s Warriors-Kings exhibition game from his basement, and yet, he still crushed the intro as if he were there. His daughter shared a video of the action.
This guy is impressive! 3rd game in 3 days on 3 networks, and the first broadcast from… the basement! Haha my family always revolves around sports and TV, but having him upstairs for dinner then go downstairs for tip off was a new one! @Kevinharlan pic.twitter.com/dYdUqMGJcL
— Olivia Harlan Dekker (@OliviaDekker) December 16, 2020
If you didn’t know better, you’d have thought he was actually in the booth. He didn’t skip a beat.