Tim Kitzrow, the voice behind the iconic video game NBA Jam, offered his take on some of the top highlights of the Warriors’ most recent playoff series, a new playoff tradition for Dub Nation to enjoy. (Check out his first round recap here!)
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.
As San Antonio ended Houston's season last night, we say goodbye to James Harden and the Rockets with the voice of NBA Jam!
In the world of sports video games, one of the biggest features — aside from gameplay itself — is the presentation.
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.
Tim Kitzrow was on hand to enhance the Fan Experience. Final Score - Bulls win 122 - 75!
Tim Kitzrow — the iconic voice of the videogame NBA Jam — provided commentary for the top 10 dunks of 2013 across college and pro basketball, creating one of the most aurally pleasing highlight reels you'll ever experience. KABOOM!
Klay Thompson breaks an NBA Record with 37 points in a quarter. He's on Fire!
On January 24 when the Washington Wizards host the Boston Celtics, they will be bringing Tim Kitzrow, the iconic voice of NBA Jam, and Tag Team to enhance the in game experience for fans and players with special introductions and commentary.
Stephen Curry has been on fire all season long for the Golden State Warriors, but now ESPN has really made it official by putting him in NBA Jam-style commercial.
The Rockets hosted a 90's Throwback Thursday night, which featured a halftime performance from hip-hop group Tag Team, performing their 1993 hit, "Whoomp! (There It Is)." Additionally, Houston's starting lineup was announced by Tim Kitzrow, who rose to prominence in the 90's with his voice contributions to the video game, NBA Jam.
From USA Today: In honor of Throwback Thursday, the Houston Rockets evoked the 1990’s video game, “NBA Jam,” to showcase some of the team’s best moments this season. The clip is complete with catchphrases from the original game (“Boomshakalaka!”), fun sound effects, and retro visuals (like flaming basketballs).
In the early 1990s, Tim Kitzrow liked to take his seven-year-old son to Chicago's popular arcade spots, where he could watch his kid play video games and excitedly shout the same few phrases over and over. At first, as Kitzrow recalls it today, the basketball game Run and Gun was popular among the kids at the arcade. Its commentary, however, was generic—a generic announcer making generic play-calls like "He shoots a three, it goes in"—and Kitzrow was not impressed. Soon, though, he watched—and listened—as the kids gravitated toward a new two-on-two game.
NBA Jam took the basics of basketball and amplified them into deliriousness. Players threw down dunks that involved midair somersaults, fired off two-handed shoves on defense, and bombed away from deep with a flaming basketball after making three straight shots. Through it all, an upbeat, faintly Marv Albert-esque voice would exult "He's heating up!" or "He's on fire!" Dunks were punctuated with an exuberant "Boomshakalaka!"
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Seth Rogen and James Franco sparked an international incident in 2014 when they produced The Interview, a fictional story about Kim Jong Un that resulted in North Korea hacking Sony Pictures! Further cementing Jams inimitable status in contemporary pop culture, Rogen and Franco told the LA Times and Rolling Stone, NBA Jam helped inspire the film:
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's office on the Sony Pictures lot is a lot like you might imagine it to be. A glass marijuana pipe sits on the desk beside Rogen's computer along with an ashtray filled with the butts of half a dozen joints. An arsenal of Nerf guns lines a shelf along one wall.
On a mid-November afternoon, the sound of yelling could be heard from the next room, where employees of Rogen and Goldberg's production company were playing the video game "NBA Jam," to which a great deal of time has been devoted lately. "If our next movie sucks, it'll be because of that," Goldberg said, deadpan.
If you've ever wondered what goes on between Robinson's ears when he plays his special brand of basketball, just think of the announcer's voice on "NBA Jam."
"I always think I'm on fire," he said after scoring 34 points in the Bulls' wild 142-134, triple-overtime victory over the Brooklyn Nets. "Like the old school game, 'NBA Jam,' you make a couple and the rim's on fire and when you shoot the ball, the ball's on fire. I feel like that at times. Well, all the time. When I'm in the game, I play with a lot of confidence and you kind of got to lie to yourself that you can't miss."
His bombastic boothman persona in NBA Jam isn't Tim Kitzrow's only gaming credit. The guy also was the voice of Rod Serling in the classic Twilight Zone pinball table. He got his start from his bandmates, who worked for Midway.
"In a lot of ways, it was the most fun I ever had," Kitzrow (left) told Danny Gallagher, writing for Asylum. "I was going into a studio and doing improv and coming up with crazy voices for things like 'Attack From Mars' or 'WHO dunnit.' It was like being an old radio actor where I got to use tons of different voices. It was an improv fantasy to do that."
That's where Kitzrow earned his chops, in Chicago's world-famous improv comedy circuit. But he was such a strong performer in the pinball gigs that when Mark Turmell, the guy charged with developing an NBA-licensed two-on-two basketball game, needed a voice, Kitzrow was put on his team.
"It was all just right place, right time," he said. That's the complete birth of the boomshakala.
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