With both David Stern and Mark Cuban offering their opposition to tannoy bombast, the Associated is prepared to experiment with a more subtle approach, on the small screen at least. From the Philadelphia Daily News’ Paul “Please Don’t Mispell My Name” Vigna.

The NBA announced yesterday it would hold a “silent game” on Sunday, Feb. 26,between Houston and Orlando. It will feature no game announcers, enhanced microphones and use a pep band and organist to create a 1970s theme. Music will be played only during breaks. NBA TV will televise it.

In keeping with the ’70’s theme, Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy is expected to let it all hang out and turn up looking something like this :