York: Matt Devlin To Be Swirsky's Replacement
Old 06-29-2008, 08:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Take it for what its worth because this is coming from Marty York himself, but the Raptors are likely going to make Devlin their next play-by-play man. Announcement will be made in the next week or so.

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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.
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Old 06-29-2008, 09:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Aww too bad for Micallef

But congrats to Matt, I've heard of some pretty neat things about him with all his experience and everything. I'm looking forward to listening to him come this season.
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So is he coming from Memphis or Charlotte? Because I watched some Memphis games on raptorsnation this year... their color commentator was the biggest hick EVER. It was fucking hilarious. Though I hope it's not him that comes here.
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Old 06-30-2008, 01:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If we're replacing Chuck we better be getting a darn good replacement otherwise it'd be just like watching a Grizzlies game.
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So is he coming from Memphis or Charlotte? Because I watched some Memphis games on raptorsnation this year... their color commentator was the biggest hick EVER. It was fucking hilarious. Though I hope it's not him that comes here.
I pretty sure he used to be on TNT at one point as well.
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Is he the guy that is easily critical of his "hometeam" and actually isn't a homer?

If so, then giddyup.
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Old 06-30-2008, 09:57 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Well he did work for TNT and there you have to maintain fairness and not show loyalties as they are national broadcasters with no team affiliation.
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Old 06-30-2008, 11:27 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Is he the guy that is easily critical of his "hometeam" and actually isn't a homer?

If so, then giddyup.
No, that was Mike Inglis.
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No, that was Mike Inglis.
oh. too bad.

Either way, this Devlin guy seems to have a good C.V.
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Old 06-30-2008, 12:12 PM   #11 (permalink)
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If anyone wants to hear audio of Matt Devlin here's a link
http://youtube.com/watch?v=0bcxDFvZAhI

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Old 06-30-2008, 02:24 PM   #12 (permalink)
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eh no one can fill chuck's shoes, i remember going to games last year, and missing chuck's calls...
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Don't know anything about Devlin, but passing on Mike Inglis if he was genuinely interested = pretty stupid, IMO. He was excellent. I imagine he still is.
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i think a good hook raps brass could use to introduce and explain this fictional hire (york!) would be "the devlin made me do it."
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Old 07-01-2008, 10:04 AM   #15 (permalink)
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he sucks

i hate his voice - doesnt seem like there's any energy to his voice and his play by play

we need a non homer chuck..
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If anyone wants to hear audio of Matt Devlin here's a link
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Everything is gonna work out fine.
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