Every Wednesday throughout the season, a local broadcaster give you a taste of life in the NBA.
Matt Bullard, Houston Rockets (Nov. 20, 2007)
10 Differences From Last Season's Rockets to This Season's Rockets
Jim Barnett, Golden State Warriors (Nov. 7, 2007)
Ten Things the Warriors Need to Have A Successful Season
Marques Johnson, Seattle SuperSonics (Oct. 29, 2007)
Ten Things the Sonics Need to Have Happen for a Cinderella-Type Season
Eddie Doucette, Milwaukee Bucks (May 23, 2007)
To give you a little history, I got out of college in the early Ď60s and I was a disc jockey in town. One day I got a call from somebody who I didnít know who asked me if I would make an appearance on a Friday night out at a fun park in Milwaukee. I wasnít from Milwaukee. Iím an East Coast guy, born and raised in Boston. I spent my high school and college years in Evanston, Illinois, and went to Michigan State. So Milwaukee was kind of a new venture for me. People came to know me through being a radio personality.
Bob Licht, New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (April 18, 2007)
I canít start off talking about my life in this industry before I mention that I am one of those Syracuse University guys. Thatís right, Iím an Orangeman.
Clyde Frazier, New York Knicks (April 11, 2007)
I have to say my foray into the world of broadcasting was kind of serendipitous. After I retired in 1980, I was an agent for a while representing players. I had my own agency. Then I was just doing some representative work for people in New York. I was actually going to retire to St. Croix. I never anticipated basketball coming back the way it did.
Tom Hanneman, Minnesota Timberwolves (March 24, 2007)
My path to the NBA was different than many play-by-play announcers. Out of college, I spent 16 years as a producer, reporter and anchor at WCCO TV in Minneapolis. In the summer of 1989, I took a job as a sideline reporter with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Al McCoy, Phoenix Suns (March 6, 2007)
With my fellow colleague Joe Tait of Cleveland having been in the Broadcaster of the Week spotlight recently, it is only fitting that I should follow close behind seeing that both Joe and I are the elder statesmen of the league. Both he and I have been announcing in the NBA for 35 years.
Ian Eagle, New Jersey Nets (March 1, 2007)
It feels like it was just yesterday. In reality, it was July 18, 1994. I received the call from then Nets Director of Broadcasting Amy Scher that I was the new radio play by play voice of the New Jersey Nets. I was 25 years old, recently married, and knew very little about the state of New Jersey other than a pungent aroma I had experienced on the car ride from Newark Airport to New York City.
Johnny Kerr, Chicago Bulls (Feb. 22, 2007)
I've been involved in this game a long time, though most fans today know me as the Chicago Bulls announcer. But prior to broadcasting, I was a player in the NBA Ė a center that averaged a double-double for 12 seasons with Syracuse, Philadelphia and Baltimore Ė and a coach.
Brian Wheeler, Trail Blazers (Feb. 9, 2007)
I've been privileged to be the radio play-by-play announcer for the Portland Trail Blazers for nine seasons now. It was always my dream to become a lead voice for an NBA team. There aren't many people that can say they've realized their lifelong ambition. I'm blessed to be able to say that I can.
Matt Bullard, Houston Rockets (Feb. 1, 2007)
Even when my I was still competing as a player, I knew that I wanted to foray into broadcasting when my career was over. Basketball is what I am an expert at. Having played for 12 years, I felt as if I had the necessary basketball knowledge.
Joel Meyers, Los Angeles Lakers (Jan. 24, 2007)
How many people can say they absolutely love what they do and wouldn't trade it for anything else? If you were to poll my colleagues who are fortunate enough to broadcast games in the NBA, I have a feeling they'd give you the same answer. There is no better job.
Eric Reid, Miami Heat (Jan. 17, 2007)
This is my 30th season working as a basketball broadcaster. I am in my 19th year with the Miami Heat, proud to be one of eight original employees, fortunate to still be there, to absorb and savor the franchises first NBA Championship one year ago and eighteen years in the waiting.
Chris Marlowe, Denver Nuggets (Jan. 10, 2007)
In my first three years with the NBA, I've called seven of Carmelo Anthony's last second, game-winning shots, Kenyon Martin has bought me and my friends' dinner in Arizona, and (despite the trade) Andre Miller still refers to me as "El Presidente." I'm not sure if that last one is good or bad, but I do know this; I must be the luckiest guy in Denver, Colorado.
Sean Elliott, San Antonio Spurs (Jan. 3, 2007)
If you had asked me during my playing career if I ever saw myself working in broadcasting when I finally hung up my sneakers and moved away from the hardwood, I probably would have responded with something like, "How about never."
Chuck Swirsky, Toronto Raptors (Dec. 27, 2006)
It's an honor and privilege to be an NBA broadcaster. It's a love and passion. Not a job. Never has been and never will be. In my ninth year with the Toronto Raptors I am fulfilling a dream that started when I was a seven years old.
Joe Tait, Cleveland Cavaliers (Dec. 20, 2006)
After 35 years with Cleveland (37 years in the NBA in total), I'm happy to say that I'm still behind the mike and enjoying the opportunity to bring the great game of basketball to Cavs fans wherever they may be.
Steve Martin, Charlotte Bobcats (Dec. 13, 2006)
Dave Hoppen, adorned in a white uniform with teal and purple pinstripes and a font style that no one has ever seen before, steps into the jump circle for the Charlotte Hornets at center court. An amazing and somewhat tortuous ride into the world of the NBA and major league professional sports is about to begin for the denizens of this booming centerpiece of the New South. 24,000 of which are clad for a black tie gala to mark the occasion.
Tim Roye, Golden State Warriors (Dec. 6, 2006)
If you ever thought about how an NBA announcer sometimes spends his days on the road, well, here is how I spent one this week when Golden State went to Texas.
Sean Grande, Boston Celtics (Nov. 29, 2006)
A year before my father died, he passed on to me the greatest lesson I've ever learned. "Find a job you love, and you'll always be happy."
Ralph Lawler, L.A. Clippers (Nov. 15, 2006)
I've been at this for a long time. This is my 28th year with the Clippers and there were a couple of seasons before that with the 76ers in Philadelphia and a season in the old American Basketball Association with the short-lived San Diego Sails.
Kevin Calabro, Seattle Sonics (Nov. 8, 2006)
The X-Man, Xavier McDaniel, told me this week that growing up in Columbia, South Carolina, he always believed that Washington had two NBA teams, the Sonics and the Bullets.
Pete Pranica, Memphis Grizzlies (Nov. 1, 2006)
Since the day after the Mavericks eliminated the Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs, Iíve been itching to get behind the microphone again. So, itís been a long wait.