OKC Thunder Q&A: New Thunder public address announcer Mario Nanni debuts

Nanni was the Houston Rockets' P.A. man when Scott Brooks was a player. “They called him the energizer battery. He really brought life to the game,” Nanni said.
by Berry Tramel Published: May 14, 2012

Have you followed the Thunder?

“Absolutely. I was telling my friends when the Rockets were eliminated, I guess I have to root for the Thunder now. I guess it's because No. 1, I have no animosity towards 'em. There's no rivalry. Can't root for Utah. John Stockton killed us so many times. San Antonio was a big rival. Dallas was a big rivalry. The East doesn't count. And I really like the team. And I really like what Scott Brooks has done with the team. You don't see lack of effort on the team. And that's coaching. There's always somebody, it seems, on some team, but you don't see that with the Thunder at all. You see constant play and constant energy.”

Any special catchphrases?

“No special catchphrases. Keep it simple. Try to do the job as the job is. The NBA show, that's the show. They're not here to hear my catchphrases. They're here to see the best basketball players in the world.”

What are your early impressions of Oklahoma City?

“It's a beautiful town. Absolutely beautiful. Everybody's pleasant. Strangers, ‘hi, how ya doing?' Seems to be really down to Earth, down-to-Earth people. Very clean city. Very impressed with it.”

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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