Radio commentator Chris Kroeger is no longer a part of the Charlotte Hornets broadcast team. He will be replaced by former Hornets commentator Steve Martin for the rest of the season, the team announced via their PR Twitter account.
Radio broadcaster Chris Kroeger is no longer with the organization. The Hornets thank him for his contributions.— Charlotte Hornets PR (@HornetsPR) March 28, 2019
Steve Martin, who retired after the 2017-18 NBA season, will serve as the Hornets radio play-by-play broadcaster for the remaining eight regular-season games, starting Friday night in Los Angeles.— Charlotte Hornets PR (@HornetsPR) March 28, 2019
This is a sudden, unexpected piece of news. By all virtually all accounts, Kroeger had done a very good job in his first season as a commentator for the Hornets. Even if he wasn’t great, it’s not a pressing enough position to warrant a midseason firing.
The most likely explanation is something behind the scenes, but no word on what that could possibly be. The brevity and curtness of the PR team’s Tweet announcing the separation implies something bad, but that’s just wild speculation. If something concrete comes out, we’ll be sure to add it here.
In the meantime, I guess we get to hear the nostalgia of Steve Martin calling games as the Hornets make a late playoff push.