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TNT to call NBA game without a play-by-play man

  • Jason Whitney

TNT will show their Thursday night game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors without a traditional play-by-play man

Thursday night when the Oklahoma City Thunder take on the Golden State Warriors TNT will be going without the traditional play-by-play man in the booth. Instead, TNT is going to roll with three former NBA players:  Steve Kerr, Reggie Miller and Chris Webber. Three former players just rifting throughout the game. How in the world Charles Barkley wasn’t included in this group is beyond me, but this should still provide for some interesting dialogue for NBA viewers.

Via USA Today:

When TNT carries the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Golden State Warriors on Thursday (10:30 p.m. ET), the network is hoping that subtraction will end up being a plus.

Calling the game that night: Steve Kerr, Chris Webber and Reggie Miller. Not a play-by-play man among the former NBA stars.


Kerr says he won’t be trying “to be Marv Albert or Kevin Harlan” but will act as “point man leading us to breaks. Maybe a little bit of a traffic cop if the game calls for it. It is more like three former players having a round table (discussion) almost during the game.”

The idea for the new booth came from a conversation between Turner Sports COO Lenny Daniels and Senior VP Craig Barry.

“Lenny and I are always talking that television has always been done the same way for the last 40 or 50 years,” Barry told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday. “Why not just have a team captain and have three guys who know the game inside and out?

“They are all charismatic, they are all capable of carrying a show, so why not just have them talk basketball?”

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