The Oklahoma City Thunder has settled on a new public address announcer for the remainder of the NBA playoffs.
Mario Nanni, who served in the same role with Houston from 1996 through 2003, will now man the microphone inside Chesapeake Energy Arena beginning with the Thunder's opening game of the second round on Monday night.
“The priority for us was finding someone with significant NBA experience who can step in on short notice and assist for the remainder of the playoffs,” said Dan Mahoney, vice president of corporate communications and community relations, in an emailed statement. “Mario is well-versed in league rules and regulations and brings the necessary talent, background and experience to handle the job.”
The Thunder is tentatively planning to conduct a search over the summer for a permanent public address announcer, as well as possibly holding local tryouts for anyone interested in the job.
“We will determine at a later date what we do for next season,” Mahoney said.
Jim Miller, the team's PA announcer since the franchise relocated from Seattle in 2008, was removed from his duties Thursday after being arrested on complaints of lewd acts with a child. He is not the same Jim Miller who serves as a PA announcer for OU football games.