So long, Eric
Many media members thought he wasn't the easiest guy to deal with. When you'd ask him a question, he'd think about it for a few seconds and then reply, "What do you mean by that?"
Those few seconds of indecision scared off many reporters.
I always thought once you got past that first salvo, he was great. He was very insightful about the league, which is why he's a good analyst with NBA TV.
The first time I covered him, he was with the Seattle SuperSonics. The Cavs were playing in Seattle's Key Arena. After I filed my stories, I walked outside the press room and Snow was standing against the wall crying.
The Sonics had traded him to Philadelphia during the 1997-98 season. It was the first time he'd ever been dealt and he didn't want to leave Gary Payton and the rest of the Sonics.
It turned out to be a godsend for his career. He thrived in Philadelphia next to Allen Iverson and even made an appearance in the NBA Finals.
Once he came to the Cavs, I walked into the locker room one day and asked him some question. He replied, "Offensively challenged."
Since I had asked him about something totally different, I was confused.
I asked the question a different way, and he answered it the same way, "Offensively challenged."
Finally, I said, "What are you talking about?"
Snow said that I referred to him as being "offensively challenged" in my midseason report card in The News-Herald. I just started laughing. I told him I didn't realize he paid so much attention to my midseason report card.
I'll miss the guy.