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The Golden State Warriors are replacing longtime color commentator Jim Barnett with former Warrior Kelenna Azubuike on the team’s television broadcasts for the 2019-2020 season.
The team announced the change on Friday afternoon and also stated that Barnett will serve as a color analyst for radio broadcasts.
“We think Kelenna is one of the bright, young stars in the broadcasting business,” Warriors President Rick Welts said in a statement. “He’s done an outstanding job the last few seasons as a member of our pre, halftime and post-game shows on NBC Sports Bay Area, and his familiarity with our team, our players and our fans dating back to the ‘We Believe’ days will serve him well in this new role. His presence will add a new dimension to our TV broadcasts and we are thrilled with the addition.”
Azubuike was with the Warriors from 2007-2010, and has been with NBC Sports Bay Area as a studio analyst since 2016.
Barnett is entering his 35th season with the Warriors, and is the second-longest tenured color analyst in the NBA behind just Tommy Heinsohn of the Celtics.
“Jim has been a fixture on our broadcast team for over three decades and has served as a comforting and trusted voice for our fans during several different eras of Warriors basketball,” Welts said. “From Sleepy Floyd’s incredible playoff performance in 1987 to our most recent stretch that has included three championships and five consecutive trips to the NBA Finals, his outstanding work has been an everyday staple on the airwaves.”
Welts added that the team is excited for Barnett to join radio broadcasts.
“We’re excited that he will continue to be a member of our family and broadcast team on the radio side, where he will provide his valuable insight and perspective as we move to Chase Center and begin another stage in the history of our franchise,” he said.
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