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The public address announcer is your favorite NBA team's secret sixth man

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Fun look at the craft and hijinks of NBA area announcers.

It really is an unusual and important skill to NBA announce.

Every night, thousands of newcomers hear the booming voices of the public address announcers for the very first time. These announcers have different day jobs, styles and famous lines, yet they all know they share a responsibility to the fans, players and coaches to be accurate while still implanting a lasting memory in everyone's heads. They must inform, protect the home court and have a little fun doing so along the way.

Most importantly, they must not be more memorable than the show itself.

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