Canada’s only NBA club has selected another American as its new play-by-play voice for national television, sources told Metro yesterday.
Matt Devlin, who spent this decade serving three-year stints as the voice of the Memphis Grizzlies and Charlotte Bobcats, has been hired by the Toronto Raptors
to succeed Chuck Swirsky, according to the sources.
The sources also said they expect the Raptors
to announce the hiring of Devlin within seven to 10 days.
Swirsky was a U.S. citizen when he was hired by the Raps 10 years ago, although he obtained his Canadian citizenship last winter. Swirsky recently switched NBA allegiances and will be the Chicago Bulls’ voice next season.
At least four Canadians were competing against Devlin for the Raps’ job, the sources suggested.
Mike Inglis, a Torontonian who was the club’s first play-by-play voice, had expressed a desire to return after a decade as the Miami Heat’s voice.
Adnan Virk, an anchor for The Score and occasional basketball reporter for the Canadian network, also was a candidate, as were Canadian brothers Paul and Mark Jones. Paul has been the Raps’ radio voice while Mark covers various sports, including basketball, for ESPN.
Devlin’s background includes play-by-play work with TNT and Fox.