Kevin Calabro is saying so long.
NBC Sports Northwest learned Wednesday that the Portland Trail Blazers play-by-play broadcaster was stepping down.
NBCSNW has confirmed that Jordan Kent will handle play-by-play duties in Orlando during the NBA's eight-game resumption.John Canzano was the first to report news of Calabro’s departure.
Calabro joined the Trail Blazers in June 2016 after spending 21 years as the longtime voice of the Seattle SuperSonics. He opted not to move with the team when they departed to Oklahoma City. He became a regular postseason play-by-play announcer for ESPN Radio, Turner Broadcasting and NBATV and a member of the Westwood One Radio announcer team for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament before joining the Blazers.
While Calabro’s time on the Trail Blazers sideline was short, fans will always remember him for his legendary calls, including the Damian Lillard “bad shot” over OKC.
This is the stuff movies are made of! Damian Lillard sends the Blazers into the second round pic.twitter.com/KLUXVa4iBG— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) April 24, 2019
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Calabro will surely be missed in Rip City. Fans on social media took a moment to thank Calabro and wish him well in his future endeavors.
I am going to miss @KevinCalabro a lot, especially those pre-game check-ins during media meals at arenas. Always a pleasure to chat with…. best of luck in whatever he does.— Dwight Jaynes (@dwightjaynes) July 1, 2020
Congratulations on an incredible run KC, you were an incredibly entertaining inspiration to work with, and wishing you the best of time with your family my friend! https://t.co/QzsIBz1B0P— Jordan Kent (@jordanrkent) July 1, 2020
I grew up listening to my now dear friend, @KevinCalabro. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would have the honor of working alongside him. It’s been an absolute pleasure to have done that the past few years. Best pipes in the biz...not to mention an amazing ❤️. https://t.co/EtZFGsJwXo— Brooke Olzendam (@brookeolzendam) July 1, 2020
Sad to see @KevinCalabro go. He’s an incredible broadcaster and a better man. I’ve learned a ton from him, he was always welcoming and supportive. I’ll miss you Kevin, best of luck! https://t.co/8cAZNvRzkL— Travis Demers (@travisdemers) July 1, 2020
He's a legend. Glad he was here. Already miss KC in Portland, Oregon USA. https://t.co/SCSigUjHAq— Joe Simons (@joesimonssays) July 1, 2020
Sad to see @KevinCalabro go. Went out of his way to make me feel welcome the day he got here. Always willing to chat you up before a game with a “so, whaddya think?”— Danny Marang (@DannyMarang) July 1, 2020
All around good dude and a helluva broadcaster. Gonna miss ya KC! https://t.co/x5VtAcVP9A
Kevin Calabro is one of the best NBA voices of all time. Sucks he won’t be on the Blazers call anymore.— Leigh Ellis (@LeighEllis) July 1, 2020
@KevinCalabro KC, you are terrific. I've been a fan of you since your Sonics days. As a Blazer fan going to WSU, I was forced to watch the Sonics back in those days. Had no choice, LOL! Thanks for your work in Rip City. Best wishes!— Jeff Workman (@jwks) July 1, 2020
All the best to you @KevinCalabro, so many great memories in 4 seasons with you, we'll miss you. I know @blazermb is involved with the Portland MLB push but we'd all love to have him back on the Blazers Broadcasting team— Ryan Anacki (@Ryan_Anacki) July 1, 2020
All my best to @KevinCalabro. The broadcasts won't be the same without him.— Timmay (@pdxTimmay) July 1, 2020
Wait, who's going to sing Happy Birthday to everyone now??