Mitch Richmond: a great player, a lousy analyst?

If you could mix Reggie Miller or Mark Price with Michael Jordan – you would get something like Mitch Richmond.

Richmond was a 6-time NBA All-Star, and also won the 1988-89 NBA Rookie of the Year Award.

He scored double figures in scoring in 13 of his 14 seasons. He also won the NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2001-2002.

As a player, Richmond was always one of the best. However, doing analyst’s work on NBA TV is quite different from playing.

Several days ago, Richmond, providing analysis for NBA TV misspelled the last name of Portland Trailblazer’s rookie guard Damian Lillard, calling him “Willard”.

Lillard himself tweeted this, saying that Richmond misspelled his name “like 4 times”. Richmond later apologized on Twitter and wound up spelling “brother” wrong in the process.

This isn’t the first time something like this has happened to the Trailblazers rookie. Blazers broadcaster Mike Rice referred to Lillard as “Lillian” on a summer episode of Blazers Courtside.

SB Nation’s Bomani Jones admitted on Twitter on Sunday night that he also botched Lillard’s name on a recent video.

Good thing is that since Lillard is actually posting pretty decent numbers for Portland thus far, eventually people will learn to spell his name right.


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