In an anticipated move, the Sacramento Kings have named Gary Gerould to take over the TV play-by-play duties for the team’s 2019-20 season restart in Orlando, FL.
Gerould, a 35-year Kings announcing veteran, will move over from his radio play-by-play duties to the TV side where he once held the job from 1994 through 1998. He will be paired up with current color commentator Doug Christie for all local NBC Sports telecasts for the 8-game season and any locally televised playoff games that follow.
He replaces the recently departed Grant Napear, who left the role following a social media dispute with several former Kings players including DeMarcus Cousins.
Due to restrictions imposed by the NBA relating to the Coronavirus, all local broadcasts will be conducted remotely back in Sacramento.
Stepping in to cover the radio play-by-play side will be Jason Ross, who has periodically filled in for Gerould and is the heir apparent for that role once the G-Man calls it a career. Ross’ high-energy style will be needed to convey excitement for games being played nearly 3000 miles away from Sacramento.
The Kings will be conducting a formal search for a permanent television play-by-play announcer prior to the start of the 2020-21 NBA season.