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NBA Media Notes: Doug Christie Taking Over As Kings TV Analyst

Napear (c) and Christie (r) worked on TV broadcasts the last two seasons to prepare for this transition
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In Sacramento, Noel Harris noted former NBAer Doug Christie, who played five seasons with the Kings, will "be the color analyst for the team’s broadcasts on NBC Sports California this season alongside longtime play-by-play announcer Grant Napear." Christie is "taking over the role Jerry Reynolds held" for the last 20 seasons. Reynolds, while no longer working full-time, will still "do 10 games with Napear at Golden 1 Center while joining the pre- and postgame shows for the other 31 home contests." Napear and Christie "already have a rapport from doing 'The Grant Napear Show with Doug Christie' radio program for a few years" on Sacramento-based KHTK-AM. Napear and Christie have also "worked on 10 TV broadcasts for each of the last two seasons to prepare for this transition" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 10/15).

BACK FOR MORE: ESPN has reached a multiyear extension with game analyst Hubie Brown, who will continue to call regular season and playoff game telecasts. Brown will also continue to serve as the analyst for the net's "NBA Sunday Showcase on ABC" alongside play-by-play man Mark Jones (ESPN).

TRANSITION GAME: Former AT&T SportsNet Southwest host Bart Enis will have a "new role as pregame and postgame host for Rockets radio broadcasts" on Houston-based KBME-AM this season. He also will "work alongside" play-by-play man Craig Ackerman during home games and "will contribute to those broadcasts as Ackerman sees fit" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/12).

FIRST SUB: In Chicago, Phil Rosenthal notes ESPN’s Adam Amin will "handle TV play-by-play" duties for Bulls-Mavericks on NBC Sports Chicago on Oct. 22, filling in for Neil Funk. Funk, who will "turn 72 this year, has been calling Bulls games" since '91 and has "been their TV voice for a decade." The team announced he "will reduce his workload by 20 games, which will be handled by a rotation of substitutes" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 10/16).