The ironic thing is that Bill Simmons the columnist would be thrashing Bill Simmons the TV commentator and his three lame cohorts, if Bill Simmons wasn't a key part of that train wreck.
The biggest problem with ESPN's NBA coverage is Magic Johnson, who is unwatchable. Jalen Rose isn't ready for prime time just yet, and Wilbon to me isn't tremendously insightful. I don't mind Simmons and his fan-guy persona, but his voice isn't TV-worthy and this cast he's stuck with has very little chemistry and charisma.
Put Shaq on this panel is place of Magic, and add a second NBA guy with a big personality (SVG?) instead of Wilbon, and Simmons would be more than acceptable. I'm surprised that ESPN didn't make a huge play for Shaq when he announced his retirement.
Regarding their game coverage, I can't stand Mike Breen. JVF is the shining star of their coverage.