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It's official: Olivier Sedra is "Voice of the Nets"

Brooklyn Nets

The Nets will have a new voice this season. Olivier Sedra has been hired as the public address announcer for Nets games at Barclays Center and will represent the team at community clinics and special events.

"I’m really excited to get started with the Nets and Barclays Center,” said Sedra. “Brooklyn is building something special and I’m honored to be a part of it. With Barclays Center’s expansive programming, there is also tremendous opportunity to get involved in other events.

The Nets announced the hire with a tweet Tuesday morning.

Sedra was seen at Barclays Center and HSS Training Center later in the day.

Sedra joins the Nets’ game presentation team after serving as PA announcer for the Cleveland Cavaliers for 11 NBA seasons. Sedra, a Canadian from Montreal who is fluent in French and English, also represented the Cavs internationally at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and the 2015 NBA Africa game in Johannesburg, South Africa, as well as the 2016 and 2017 NBA All-Star events.

Brett Yormark credited Sedra with a great BBIQ.

“Olivier’s booming voice, impeccable timing, and high basketball IQ will be a great addition to the game experience at Barclays Center,” said Yormark, Chief Executive Officer of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. “His knowledge and passion will also help us elevate our other programming, including college basketball, boxing, and special events.”

The Nets tip off their home opener on Friday, October 20 when they take on the Orlando Magic.

After long-time announcer, David Diamante, announced he was leaving after last season, the Nets held an open audition for his replacement. Although the audition was fun, few believed it was anything more than a marketing stunt. The team was always going to hire a professional with experience ... and Sedra has a reputation of being one of the best, if not the best, in sports.