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Grant Napear

Grant Napear American sportscaster

American sportscaster
Grant Napear
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro American sportscaster
Is Sports commentator
From United States of America
Type Journalism Sports
Gender male
Birth 18 June 1959, Syosset, USA
Age: 61 years
Star sign GeminiGemini
Education
Bowling Green State University
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Biography

Grant Napear (born June 18, 1959) is an American sports radio host for The Grant Napear Show at KHTK Sports 1140 in Sacramento, California and the play-by-play announcer for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA).He is fills in for Jim Rome on The Jim Rome show. A section of his radio show is the self-titled "Grant's Rant," in which he furiously exclaims into the microphone about everyday things that irritate him, such as obese passengers on airplanes, stop lights at freeway on-ramps, and people asking him if he's ready for Christmas during the holidays. His trademark phrase "If you don't like that, you don't like NBA basketball” has become a household reference among Kings fans, and NBA fans in general.

Born in Syosset, New York, Napear graduated from Syosset High School in 1977 and earned his academic degree in broadcast journalism from Bowling Green University, where he also played lacrosse

Broadcasting history

  • 1988–Present: Sacramento Kings play-by-play television announcer
  • 2000–2015: play-by-play announcer for the San Jose Sabercats
  • 2011–2012: Sacramento Mountain Lions play-by-play announcer Source
  • (unknown): fill-in play-by-play announcer for the San Jose Sharks
  • 2003: Oakland Raiders preseason television announcer
  • 1995-1998: Sacramento Kings play-by-play radio announcer (KHTK)
  • 1992-1994: Play-by-play announcer for the Sacramento Gold Miners
  • 1987-1995: Sports director for KRBK-TV/KPWB (now KMAX-TV) Channel 31, Sacramento California
  • 1985-1987: Weekend sports anchor, WAND, Decatur, IL
  • 1977-1981: Football, basketball and hockey play-by-play announcer for Bowling Green University

Personal

Napear currently lives in El Dorado Hills, California with his wife, Starr Napear, and two sons Trent and Chase. The couple also have additional children from previous marriages. He is on the board of the Future Foundation of Sacramento, a foundation providing college scholarships for disadvantaged youth. He's hosted a benefit golf tournament for the foundation since 1995. During a February 2012 edition of his radio show, Napear told fellow Sacramento broadcaster Walt Gray that he has never had a cup of coffee in his life.

Napear has been accused of racism by former players for the Sacramento Kings. On May 31, 2020, Napear generated controversy and was placed on leave by KHTK after posting a statement on Twitter containing the phrase "All lives matter". Previously, Napear had come under fire for defending Donald Sterling, the former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers banned from the NBA after making racist remarks.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 02 Jun 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/kelly_dwyer/04/11/announcers.grades3/index.html
http://www.nba.com/kings/features/on_the_right_track.html
https://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/national/article243165711.html
http://www.ufl-football.com/news/mountain-lions-home-games-will-air-comcast-sportsnet-california-season
http://www.nba.com/kings/news/Kings_Broadcaster_Bios.html
https://archive.is/20130205115711/http://www.ultimateathletemagazine.com/articles-college/468-grant-napear-sacramento-kings.html
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