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January 17, 2013

Holman in 2,000-game club

MASSIVE MILESTONE

ATLANTA — It wasn’t just another day in the office last night for Lawrence native Steve Holman.

The Atlanta Hawks radio play-by-play announcer called his 2,000th consecutive game (regular season and playoffs) when the Hawks played the Brooklyn Nets at Philips Arena.

Helping commemorate the evening, Holman was honored with a special on-court ceremony during the first quarter timeout.

”I am very proud to have accomplished 2,000 consecutive games,” said Holman, who was in the area during the offseason celebrating his 40th Lawrence High reunion. “I look at it as another step in the journey that began when (WCCM’s) Bruce Arnold took a chance and put me on the air at 17 years old.”

Holman’s consecutive game streak, which is the longest active of any NBA announcer in radio or television, began in March of 1989. Consecutive game no. 1,500 came on March 5, 2007, his 53rd birthday.

His signature “basketball battle” introduction to broadcasts pays homage to his mentor, famed Celtics broadcaster Johnny Most.

A 2011 Georgia Radio Hall of Fame inductee, Holman is in his 28th year behind the microphone for the Hawks and has announced games around the globe, including contests in Russia, England, Puerto Rico and Canada. He has been a part of several historic calls, including Dominique Wilkins becoming the Hawks’ all-time leading scorer and Lenny Wilkens’ NBA record-breaking 939th career win.

“The Voice of the Hawks is the job of a lifetime,” said Holman. “One that I hope to do for a lifetime.”

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