Matt Guokas to no longer broadcast Magic games?
UPDATE, 5/27: David Baumann of NBC SportsTalk Florida, received an official response from Matt Guokas and it doesn’t seem as if the decision to leave was his own.
“While the org. has decided to go in another direction, I appreciate the opportunity that the DeVos family has given me over the years. I thank the fans, arena workers, and people that I come across around town. I am grateful for their support….Matty.”
Baumann also reported that the team will do a league-wide search for his replacement. Terrible.
In what can only be described as “terrible news”, word has come out via the Orlando Sentinel that former Magic Coach Matt Guokas will not be returning to the local airwaves next season.
Team officials have decided not to renew the contract of Matt Guokas, the team’s color commentator on local TV broadcasts since the 2004-05 season.
Team spokesman Joel Glass wouldn’t give a reason for the decision, but he said, “Matty has been and will always be a valued part of Magic history. We truly appreciate his commitment and service to the organization.”
Matt Guokas, known affectionately around the team simply as “Matty”, was the inaugural Orlando Magic Head Coach and was known throughout the league as a refreshing voice when out of town games were being broadcast on the NBA’s League Pass. A sense of pride was always felt amongst those in Orlando that with David Steele and Guokas, Orlando had the best broadcast tandem in the league.
David Steele will be back next year. While no official word was given for his contract not being renewed next season, Guokas has missed several games and road trips over the last few years due to poor health. Hopefully this was purely a decision based upon Matt Guokas deciding to take a break and not some larger health concern that either party had. It certainly wasn’t for a lack of support from the fans, as Matty was, and always will be, considered a privilege to have around the organization – whether in a formal role or what it now appears to be, an informal role.