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April 11, 2008 4:02 PM
Posted by Percy Allen
Kevin Calabro, arguably the best play-by-play announcer in the NBA, will call his final game with the Sonics tonight in San Antonio if the team makes good on its threats and moves to Oklahoma City next season.
These are truly depressing times.
Just spoke with Calabro in a telephone interview and he confirmed what has been suspected for months. If and when chairman Clay Bennett moves the team, Calabro is staying behind and will remain in Seattle.
Be sure to tune in or TiVo tonight's game. Calabro said he doesn't plan to get emotional, but he will let the television audience know of his plans.
Months ago, Calabro made scheduled with ESPN radio to call the LA Lakers-San Antonio Spurs game on Sunday so he will miss the Sonics home finale against Dallas. He also will not attend the regular-season finale in Oakland, Calfif. against the Golden State Warriors because it will not be broadcast on FSN.
"I agonized over this for a few days, whether or not to say anything, but the fans have been so great to me and my family over 21 years and just to not suddenly not show up for the final game on Sunday and disappear from the scene didn't seem quite right," he said. "That's not the way I wanted to go out."
Sonics fans will love Calabro's reasoning for staying put.
"It's just a great market here," he said. "It's home. We got roots. Sue and I have raised four kids in the community. We have friends in the community and are involved in the community. It doesn't make sense to leave and it doesn't make sense to commute.
"And frankly, I'm a Seattle guy. My allegiance is to Seattle. It's not to another market. I do have an allegiance to the NBA as well and would like to work in the NBA, but at some point there's a price that's just too big to pay and the disruption of family life would be too big to pay."
Marques Johnson is the color analyst tonight, which is almost a fitting way to end if this is truly the end.
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