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According to multiple reports by both local and national media members, the Sacramento Kings have named Gary Gerould as the interim television play-by-play analyst for the remainder of the 2019-2020 season. Gerould will take the place of veteran Grant Napear, who resigned abruptly after a series of controversial tweets in early June, and will complete the in-game experience next to another Kings legend in Doug Christie, the current color commentator. Sacramento Kings President of Basketball Operations John Rinehart had the following to say about Gerould's addition:
“G-Man is a true legend and has been the ‘Voice of the Kings’ on both radio and TV from the day the team arrived in Sacramento in 1985, so it is natural for him to assume this role through the rest of the season. I stand with Kings fans around the world, players past and present and all associated with this franchise, in saying we have had the distinct honor of enjoying Gary’s trademark style and signature calls since this team began calling the Capital City home. We are also excited to have Jason fill in for G-Man on radio, and look forward to his energy, excitement and deep knowledge of the team as we take the court in Orlando.”
Just about anyone who has watched or listened to a Kings basketball game since the team moved to the city of Sacramento has become familiar with the timbre of Gerould's voice, as the broadcasting legend has called more than 2,700 games throughout his career in both radio and television.
This experience will be a new one for all of those involved, however, as local media teams will not be allowed into the NBA's Orlando-based bubble, and will instead be broadcasting games from the Golden 1 Center while watching the action via a monitor.
Jason Ross, the long-believed replacement for Gerould when he exits the business, will take over the radio portion for Sports 1140 KHTK. Ross shared a brief comment on his shift into the play-by-play radio call:
"I am so excited about this opportunity provided by the Sacramento Kings and really look forward to calling the restart of this unprecedented season. I am also thrilled to see the pairing of the G-Man with Doug Christie on TV. Having worked with Gary for 25 seasons, who has been a mentor and a role model, I accept the challenge of filling his big shoes."
While G-Man will serve as the temporary fill-in for the Kings, the team will conduct a nationwide search for a permanent replacement this coming fall. In the meantime, both the television and radio broadcasts find themselves in more than capable hands.