It's often said that fans of a team form as strong a bond with the team's announcers as the fans do with the team's players.
That seems to be the case with Matt Guokas.
Reaction started pouring in over Twitter once the Orlando Sentinel reported that the Orlando Magic have decided not to renew Guokas' expiring contract. Here's a sampling:
That Matt Guokas is no longer an NBA broadcaster is an absolute travesty. Unbiased, a pro's pro and a non-homer.— Doug Smith: Raptors (@SmithRaps) May 24, 2013
Matt Goukas is one of the best analysts on League Pass. Unbiased, smart, funny, reads everything. Hard to understand why ORL would ditch him— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) May 24, 2013
It's been 30 min since we found out the Magic won't renew Matt Guokas and he still doesn't have a job. Step yo game up NBA teams.— Chris Barnewall (@ChrisJandB) May 24, 2013
Matt Guokas needs to be broadcasting games next year. One of the absolute best.— Paul Flannery (@Pflanns) May 24, 2013
Considering how unlikely it is Hawks get Paul or Howard, Guokas is the greatest realistic upgrade for Hawks fans as Ferry waits to pounce.— Bret LaGree (@hoopinion) May 24, 2013
The fact that Matt Guokas won't call Magic games anymore is just...it won't be the same.— Zac Cleary(@zac_cleary) May 24, 2013
Orlando's refusal to bring Matt Guokas back legitimately has made me so mad that I have to sleep on it before writing a column.— Kelly Dwyer (@KDonhoops) May 24, 2013
Really hope Matt Guokas will be on the air next year somehow. One of the best, and a swell guy too.— John Hollinger (@johnhollinger) May 24, 2013
Guokas showed off his NBA on NBC quality every Magic game. Going to be tough to find a suitable replacement for Steele.— Adam Papageorgiou (@adamosgp) May 24, 2013
I always learned something new when I listened to Matt Guokas call a game. Sad that he won't be back next year.— Evan Dunlap (@BQRMagic) May 24, 2013
@orlando_magic we want Guokas!!!— Keith M. Hellebrand (@KHellebrand) May 24, 2013
Josh Robbins covers the Orlando Magic and the NBA for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and connect with him on Facebook at facebook.com/JoshuaBRobbins. Follow him on Twitter at @JoshuaBRobbins.