The Sacramento Kings announced today that Kayte Christensen-Hunter has been named as the team's new television game analyst, taking over the role recently held by Doug Christie.
From the statement released by the Kings:
Kayte has proven herself time and time again throughout her eleven years covering the Kings,” said Sacramento Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé. “With extensive experience as a player and broadcaster, she will bring a deep passion for and knowledge of the game to the telecasts this season.”
"Kayte is a tremendously talented and experienced basketball analyst and television professional,” added NBC Sports California Senior Vice President and General Manager Matt Murphy. “She has developed immense knowledge of the game and the Kings organization over her remarkable career as a player and media member. We are very excited to have her contribute her talent and knowledge to our live-game coverage of the Kings this season and provide an insightful and entertaining experience for fans.”
“To say this is a dream come true is an understatement,” said Christensen-Hunter. “The Kings gave me my first big break in this business 15 years ago and since then these wonderful fans and city have embraced me, welcomed me in and made Sacramento home. This fan base is truly unmatched. I am honored to follow in the footsteps of the great Jerry Reynolds and Doug Christie. I’m also so proud to be able to show my 3-year-old daughter and so many other young women that we have a place in the NBA. I’d like to thank Vivek, Matina, John and everyone at NBC Sports California for this opportunity and I can’t wait to join up with Mark and Kyle to bring Sacramento Kings action to our amazing fans.”
Kayte is a very familiar face to Kings fans, having served in various capacities on the television broadcast from pre-game shows to full time sideline reporting duties over 11 seasons with the team. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience from her time as a WNBA player and as an NBA analyst/reporter. This is a well deserved promotion for Kayte and I'm looking forward to hearing her excellent analysis alongside Mark Jones and Kyle Draper in the upcoming season and beyond.