Sacramento Kings Moving: See the Video of the Kings' Announcers Breaking Down
Obviously, Sacramento has been hit hard by the impending and likely departure of the NBA team that has called Sacramento home since 1985 when the team landed from Kansas City.
But it wasn’t just the fans who were emotional on Wednesday night as Sacramento watched potentially the final game in Power Balance Pavilion (Sorry, it’ll always be Arco to Sacramento). Longtime television play-by-play men Jerry Reynolds and Grant Napear were visibly shaken after the game’s conclusion as they reflected on the Kings’ time in Sacramento.
Reynolds, the onetime Sacramento head coach, and Napear, a transplant from New York, never claimed to be partial—I mean, how many TV guys are?—and were hit hard by the Kings’ looming departure.
Reynolds and Napear are the classic hometown play-by-play guys. They’re not considered the best in the biz' nationally by any stretch of the imagination, but they had all of the quirky, oft-corny sayings you’d expect from the quintessential homer announcers. And (most) Kings fans love them for it.
Napear’s trademark “If you don’t like that, you don’t like NBA basketball!” is a common catchphrase among Kings fans or in pickup games in the Sacramento area.
Reynolds—also the Kings director of personnel—made phrases like “Bibbilicious” (an ode to Mike Bibby) and “He-do, he do, Turkoglu” famous.
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