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Thunder's Pinto goes it alone on the air

by Mel Bracht Published: October 17, 2008
I’m not a big fan of a sportscaster calling an NBA game by himself. It’s nice to hear an analyst providing additional insight into the game.

If anybody can work solo, though, it’s Thunder radio voice Matt Pinto. His high-energy delivery through the preseason has been delightful as the injury-plagued Thunder struggled to a 1-4 start.

Entering his 19th NBA season, Pinto said he’s comfortable going solo after handling that role for two seasons with the Clippers and last season with the Sonics.

"The flow of the game pretty much carries itself,” Pinto said.

He enjoys getting carried away on 3-point baskets — "Cha-ching, that’s a Thunder money ball!” — which he says is as close to a signature call as he has.

"I pretty much want to stay in the moment and not be overly contrived,” he said.

Pinto gets some breaks on the broadcasts from host Craig Humphreys, who provides scoring updates and hosts the pregame, halftime and postgame shows.

Born and raised in Boston, Pinto became interested in sports as a kid.

"I knew at age 6 that I either wanted to play or broadcast,” he said.

At 5-foot-10, he said "his genetics” led to the latter profession, although he was recruited by a few colleges to play baseball.

He jumped right into broadcasting, providing morning sports reports on KIQQ, a Los Angeles top-40 station, as an 18-year-old.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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Matt Pinto
→Age: 46

→Birthplace: Boston

→High school: San Dieguito, Encinitas, Calif.

→Residence: Edmond

→Family: Has two adult children from a previous marriage. Married Becky, an eastern Washington native, in June.

→NBA broadcasting experience: Charlotte Hornets, seven seasons; Dallas Mavericks, eight seasons; Los Angeles Clippers, two seasons; Seattle SuperSonics, one season.

→College broadcasting experience: UCLA women’s basketball, University of Hawaii athletics, Boston College basketball, Brown University football.

→Hobby: Tennis


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