Just before the Los Angeles Clippers celebrate 25 years of NBA Jam with a special NBA Jam Day promotion, Shacknews took some time to talk to the voice behind the game, Tim Kitzrow. He spoke about his lengthy career, the world of voice acting, his work with NBA teams, sports game announcing, and the 'Holy Grail' of NBA Jam games.
On Saturday, the LA Clippers will celebrate the 25th anniversary year of the video game classic when they host the Sacramento Kings for NBA Jam Day. Fans will be eligible to receive an NBA Jam T-shirt with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, and someone could even win an original four-player arcade machine of NBA Jam.
Tim Kitzrow, the original voice of the game, will be heard throughout the Kings-Clippers contest -- during pregame introductions and timeouts, perhaps even voicing over Griffin's memorable dunk over Jazz center Rudy Gobert in October.
"I'm certainly fond of Blake and DeAndre," Kitzrow said. "I call them the Boomshakalaka Brothers. You know, they're just two of the best in the game for those crazy poster facials.
"And for my over-the-top superlatives, like 'You be the peanut butter, and I'll bring the JAM!,' 'I can't go to work without my donuts, you bring the coffee, and I'll bring the dunkin'! Boomshakalaka!' ... I mean, all of those things, for me, I couldn't have written a better script of me working with a team that's in a great market, that's got these great power dunkers.
Things haven’t been going especially great for the Los Angeles Clippers this season. Their first season without Chris Paul since 2010-11 has proven to be rough, as a number of the team’s core players have suffered serious injurieswhile DeAndre Jordan has found himself at the center of a myriad of trade rumors.
So basically, there’s probably a fair amount of stress that needs to be blown off in Los Angeles. And the team thinks it has the perfect way to make everyone involved a little happier, as the Clippers will dedicate an entire day to the legendary video game NBA Jam to honor 25 years since the iconic game launched.
The day will take place on Jan. 13, when Los Angeles hosts Sacramento. The best aspect of this is that the voice of NBA Jam, Tim Kitzrow, will be in attendance “calling highlights throughout the night, including a game introduction, half-time dunk show and his iconic one-liners,” per a release.
“When the Clippers asked me to be a part of NBA Jam Day and help celebrate 25 years of the game, I was like, ‘Holy OOMPA LOOMPA,'” Kitzrow, who is perpetually committed to the wonderful bit, said. “I just won the final golden ticket to the chocolate factory! NBA Jam and the Clippers, are you kidding? It’s a great fit! Like peanut butter and chocolate. Nothing says NBA Jam like “BOOMSHAKALAKA!” and nothing makes me want to scream “BOOMSHAKALAKA!” more than seeing a patented Clipper ALLY-OOP! You bring the peanut butter and I’ll bring THE JAM!’”
Ideally Jordan is still on the team, Blake Griffin is able to play by that point (even if that is unlikely), and Milos Teodosic is firing lobs all over the place. It’d be a waste of the NBA Jam guy’s talents if the Clippers don’t go full Lob City.
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In-arena game action highlights called by the legendary voice of NBA Jam, Tim Kitzrow. Tonight's matchup: Clippers v. Kings! #Boomshakalaka!
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Here is just a sampling of some classic lines from this edition of Dub Jam:
He got his degree from Dunking On U!
D-U-B stands for Dunking Unbelievable!
Do a little dance, give a little tug, GET DOWN TONIGHT!
We fully admit that just reading them doesn’t give it full justice. You need to watch the video, and probably more than once, to get the true experience.
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From the on-field visuals to the graphic overlays to the commentary provided throughout a game, presentation can go a long way towards keeping players engaged in a product. If it’s dry and dull, fans are going to tune out even if the gameplay is good.
For nearly three decades one man has become a mainstay when it comes to sports video game commentary. That man is Tim Kitzrow.
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