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A brief history of talking sports objects

Originally Published: May 24, 2011
By Patrick Dorsey | Special to Page 2

You talkin' to me?

Wait, you're a basketball. Why are you talking at all?

Oh, it's because you're part of the NBA's 2011 playoffs ad campaign, and with a strangely familiar voice (Is that Hank Azaria? Michael Clarke Duncan? Charlie Murphy? Maybe even John Slattery?) you're talking about old times on the court -- be it Derek Fisher's famous "0.4" shot or Michael Jordan's emotional moment. Lately you've even been interviewing legends like Dr. J.

But ...

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