Best Play-by-Play Announcer (2013)

Bill Worrell

In every city that has won a championship, there's an announcer whose voice is synonymous with that climb to the mountaintop (or in the case of the Houston Rockets, multiple climbs to the mountaintop). On television, that voice belongs to legendary play-by-play man Bill Worrell. Since finishing his days as a University of Houston baseball player in 1966, Worrell has been one of the finest broadcasters in the history of the city, a true pro's pro. Having assumed play-by-play duties on television for the Rockets before the 1986-87 season, Worrell has seen everything from the highs of those two championships to the unfulfilled promise of the Yao Ming/Tracy McGrady era to, now, the renewed hope brought forth by the tandem of James Harden and Dwight Howard. Along the way, he's worked with and deftly steered former players handling analyst duties like Calvin Murphy, Matt Bullard and Clyde Drexler, a skill that is much more difficult than the silky-smooth Worrell makes it look. He does it with ease. If the Rockets are able to reach the summit of the basketball world one more time, it will be a whole new generation of Rockets fans for whom Worrell narrates these great memories.


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