The PA Announcer
David Diamante did a solid job for his first day at work as the Nets PA announcer. He was a little shaky with minor things here and there; he wasn't able to cover all of the substitutions at a given time, he called Brook Lopez's name on what he thought was an and-one when it was a charge, and he didn't know Jerry Smith's first time ("Enter, Smith"). But I'm sure he'll be fine after some time. The guy's voice is great for Brooklyn basketball. Not to mention, his hair seems to get a lot of approval.
Marco G's Replacements
The Nets have also chosen two, in-game arena hosts, whose duties include announcing halftime acts and interacting with fans. They are Gassem Miles of Jamaica, Queens NY and Gina Antoniello from Monroe, NJ.
One of the people he’ll be up against is Gassem Miles, a 37-year-old party MC from Queens with a voice reminiscent of rapper Busta Rhymes. Miles took a more natural approach.
"Other people were trying to sound like announcers on WFAN, ESPN and they weren’t sounding natural," he said. "I was sounding like I sound now — just louder.
Being that the job is shared by two people, I didn't really hear much of either of them, but I think Gassem Miles is pretty good for the on-court job. What do you guys think? Also, was Marco G our first in-game arena host, or did we have someone before him?
Loud and Proud
I'm a bit concerned about Loud and Proud continuing to be a success without NetsDaily members. I was right next to Section 14, anticipating the chants and noise, but there was nothing, so I assumed L&P wasn't in effect for preseason. But after hearing a shoutout to Loud and Proud from one of the arena hosts, I looked at the section and saw a couple of people standing up and making noise. So it was in effect, but the people sitting there weren't making themselves heard. I hope people are aware that they are buying L&P seats when purchasing tickets for that section, and I hope fans don't just view it as a way to get free caps, face posters, and noise-makers.
Despite the loss, it was great going back to the Pru and seeing basketball back in action. Let's go Nets!