In California, Michael Lev writes as "basketball chemistry experiments go," ESPN/ABC's NBA studio team of Magic Johnson, Michael Wilbon, Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose is "peaking at just the right time." Lev: "Is the show on TNT's level? No." But it has "made up ground in a short period of time and should be even better in Year 2" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 5/3).
SPLIT PERSONALITY: In L.A., Tom Hoffarth writes the "confounding decision by Prime Ticket/Fox Sports West to go with a cluster-mess split-screen Tuesday trying to show the overtime of the Kings-Blues NHL playoff Game 1 and the first two quarters of the Clippers-Grizzlies NBA playoff Game 5 was a regrettable reminder that in trying to please everyone, you end up rarely pleasing anyone" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 5/3).
FRIDAY NIGHT SITES: In Oklahoma City, Mel Bracht noted Cox Communications has announced the "launch of Cox HS Hub, a website that serves as a central information and entertainment point for Oklahoma high school sports fans." The Hub, which features "live streaming of high school games and events, an archive of past games, photo galleries, highlight reels and more, is an addition to Cox's high school sports coverage" (OKLAHOMAN, 5/2).