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Trail Blazers finalize revamped broadcasting team with three new hires

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Lamar Hurd (KPTV file image) Lamar Hurd (KPTV file image)

The Trail Blazers have finalized their revamped broadcast team for next season.

Out are Mike and Mike, in are Kevin and Lamar.

The Blazers announced Wednesday that Lamar Hurd will be the new TV analyst, joining new play-by-play announcer Kevin Calabro.

Calabro, an announcer for 21 years with the Seattle SuperSonics, was hired in July.

In June, the team announced that longtime TV broadcast partners Mike Barrett and Mike Rice were being let go, along with radio analyst Antonio Harvey. Brian Wheeler will broadcast games on the radio solo next season.

Hurd has eight years experience broadcasting, most recently with the Pac-12 Network as a college basketball analyst. He has also worked for ESPN, Fox Sports Northwest, Root Sports and Oregon State University.

Hurd played point guard for the Beavers from 2002-2006.

The team also announced the hirings of Jordan Kent and Brooke Olzendam on Wednesday.

Kent was a three-sport athlete at the University of Oregon – basketball, track and football – and was drafted in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played for the Seattle Seahawks and then-St. Louis Rams.

Kent will continue to host shows for the Ducks on Comcast Sports Net Northwest, while now also hosting a variety of Blazers-related programming.

Olzendam will serve as courtside reporter for all Blazers game broadcasts. She will also be the host for digital, web and social content, as well as player feature stories throughout the season.

Olzendam served as an all-purpose host at CSN Northwest from 2014-2016 and previously worked as a sideline reporter for the Indiana Pacers.

"We are thrilled to have our entire broadcast team in place," said Trail Blazers President and CEO Chris McGowan. "Lamar, Jordan and Brooke bring a wealth of diverse experience to their positions, and we are looking forward to watching them in action next season."

The Blazers regular season starts Oct. 25 against the Utah Jazz.

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