Portland Trail Blazers Television Play-By-Play announcer Kevin Calabro is stepping down after four years with the Trail Blazers to focus on his family, NBCSNW has learned.
“This was a very difficult decision to make and I want to thank the Allen family and Chris McGowan for their support and understanding,” said Calabro. “I’ll always be grateful to the Rip City fans for welcoming me into the family.”
John Canzano was the first to report.
“Kevin brought years of experience and professionalism to the Trail Blazers broadcast team with a one-of-a-kind voice that is unmistakable,” said Chris McGowan, President and CEO of the Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter. “We appreciate Kevin sharing his energy and talents with Rip City and wish him the best in his next chapter.”
Trail Blazers Television Studio Host Jordan Kent will be filling the role of play-by-play broadcaster for the remainder of the 2019-20 season set to tip off on July 31 in Orlando.
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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