The Worldwide Leader isn’t going to appreciate being thrown under the bus on this one.
Much of the conversation surrounding Saturday’s opening round playoff opener was about the shot clock malfunction and a guy with a stopwatch and the P.A. announcer counting down the seconds. It was embarrassing for the Raptors officials who vowed to have the problem resolved before the start of game two.
On Sunday, a Raptors team official confirmed that the malfunction was caused by an ESPN technician plugging in to the same power source as the shot clock.
The day after the Raptors were mocked for the debacle, a Raptors official confirmed that an ESPN technician plugged into the same power source for the shot clocks, frying the power system.
The Raptors had to go old-school, relying on announcer Herbie Kuhn to count down the 24 seconds on each possession after the clocks above the baskets died with 5:57 remaining in the third quarter of Toronto’s 94-87 playoff loss to the Brooklyn Nets.
“Let’s just put it this way, they’re not the worldwide leader in electricians,” the Raptors official joked, when reporters probed him for the culprit.
It was a play on ESPN’s slogan: “The Worldwide Leader in Sports.”
The official later confirmed it was ESPN.
H/T Awful Announcing