While the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors battle in an intense playoff series for the second year in a row, the biggest rivalry between the two teams might be brewing in the media.
Craig Ackerman has been the Houston Rockets radio voice for over a decade, but he’s seemingly tired of listening to Bay Area media during the Warriors five-year dynasty.
On Wednesday, Bay Area sports writer, Dieter Kurtenbauch jokingly tweeted, “Given the league’s TV ratings and the situation at hand, I’d fix the series so the Warriors win vs. Houston. But that would require Adam Silver to do something.” Ackerman wasn’t interested in the Dieter’s joke which treated the Warriors as the sovereign team.
Many on Twitter pointed out Kurtenbauch was just kidding, including NBC Sports Bay Area host and anchor, Grant Liffmann who responded, “Pretty awkward when a media member attacks other media members when he clearly misunderstood a joke that didn’t involve him, and ended up sounding weirdly protective of the team he covers as if he owns some piece of it…”
Ackerman took the criticism in stride and continued to defend his take even though Kurtenbauch’s suggestion of fixing the playoffs for the Warriors was merely a joke.
While play-by-play announcers usually attempt to remain neutral, Ackerman had no issue pledging allegiance to the Houston Rockets. As expected, his social media critique of the Warriors media was met with plenty of support from Rockets fans and backlash from the Bay Area.