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Gary Gerould named interim play-by-play analyst by the Sacramento Kings

The radio veteran will make his way over to the small screen.

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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:

€œG-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.

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SlamsonsRollerskates
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June 26, 2020 6:52 am

2020 has a chance

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June 26, 2020 7:59 am

I am really happy about this. Calling games remotely is going to take a level of experience and skill to do well, and it is going to be a treat for people who dont listen to the radio calls to hear Mr. Gerould.

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June 26, 2020 1:20 pm
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Well put. Only thing I’d add is ‘woohoo’.

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June 26, 2020 8:12 am

It’ll be interesting to see how Doug Christie works alongside Gary Gerould. This is great news!

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June 27, 2020 9:04 am
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I think it’ll be great, DC gets to sit with an actual professional!

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June 26, 2020 8:14 am

At first I was terrified they’d be sending Gary to Orlando, but I’m glad they’re doing things remotely.
 
Although, I do wonder about the remote part; why the need to watch from the G1C? Why not do what the late night shows and NFL draft did and ship the equipment to his house and have someone set it up? I suppose maybe they’ll use the big screen at the G1C as the monitor, I guess that makes sense. I don’t know, I just want G Man to stay safe.

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June 26, 2020 8:26 am

Totally agree. It’s gonna be weird with video/audio delay, but much safer than being in Orlando.

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June 26, 2020 8:46 am
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I was thinking the same thing about the delay. Total spitballing here… Maybe that’s why they are doing broadcast from G1C, instead of home based. Could they be recasting(?) the Orlando feed from G1C with the play by play “live”?

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June 26, 2020 9:48 am
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Just spitballing, but I’m thinking they might do a double delay for us views. The game will be slightly delayed to the broadcasters, then slightly delayed for us viewers to make it appear they are in sync?

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June 26, 2020 1:25 pm

It probably is alot simpler to do it from the G Spot than at home. Especially in terms of a professional broadcast. This isn’t Youtube.
 

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June 26, 2020 8:31 am

G-Man….where the “G” stands for “GREATNESS.” 🙂

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June 26, 2020 8:31 am

That photograph at the top shows three incredibly nice people. We are so lucky.

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June 26, 2020 8:31 pm
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That’s Gary & who else in the photo?

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June 26, 2020 9:22 pm
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Jason Ross and Dave Deuce Mason.

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June 26, 2020 8:52 am

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June 29, 2020 8:03 am
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I’m glad to see that Mitch approves. I certainly do.
 
I hope this gives Gerould an even bigger spotlight on his amazing career. NBA fans deserve to hear how well this man calls games.

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June 26, 2020 9:33 am

I kinda figured this might be what happened, and I’m very happy with it. No need to rush into naming a full time replacement. G-Man will be great as a fill in for the remainder of the season.

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June 26, 2020 9:44 am

Looks like I can finally take the games off mute.

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June 26, 2020 9:46 am

Looks like the Kings will be more rigorous in their search for a play by play guy than they were while looking for both the GM and Head Coach.

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June 26, 2020 9:57 am
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BREAKING: Kings announce Luke Walton and Vlade Divac will do play-by-play and color commentary, respectively, in addition to their regular roles as coach and GM.
 
 

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June 26, 2020 10:10 am
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But Walton’s play-by-play will be on tape delay!

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June 26, 2020 10:15 am
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How can Luke Walton do play-by-play if he doesn’t watch tape?

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June 26, 2020 10:19 pm
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Is this possible? Would require look to watch the tape?

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June 26, 2020 10:18 am
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Can’t wait for TV analyst Walton to call Coach Walton out for a bad inbounds play from timeout.

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June 26, 2020 10:59 am

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June 26, 2020 3:07 pm
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G-Man probably won’t be doing any remotes though.
 
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June 27, 2020 10:30 am
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Man, this made me horse laugh.

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June 27, 2020 10:42 am
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Needs more thumbs up. Brilliant, Marty!

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June 26, 2020 8:35 pm

Woohoo! Gary’s the best possible choice.

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June 26, 2020 10:26 pm

This might have been the best move the Kangz have made in the last 15 years.

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