Hornets PA Announcer celebrates second year in NBA2K video game

CHARLOTTE, NC (CHARLOTTE SPORTS LIVE) — If experience has taught Hornets PA announcer Pat Doughty anything, it’s that if you want something, you have to work for it.

That’s why he was a little skeptical when a seemingly too good to be true opportunity presented itself.

“I started getting DMs on my Instagram,” Doughty recalled. “The funny thing is, I said it was wrong.”

But that was not the case.

As he would soon learn, he was a rep for 2K sports, and they wanted Doughty, then about to enter his 17th year as the Public Address Voice of the Hornets, to be in the video game that will be released. soon, NBA 2K22.

“They said, ‘Hey Big Pat, you were the best. We love that growl you have,’ he explained.

And so, even though he had never played there before, Doughty was ready to be in the game. However, it was first about getting to a recording studio.

Remember it was November 2020 and the pandemic was still in full swing.

“They wanted me to come to LA, but Covid was rampant at the time,” Doughty said. “Then they wanted me to go to New York (but) it was really bad, and you had to self-quarantine for like 14 days at a time.

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Eventually, they agreed to let the 53-year-old Maryland native record his lines on a television station in Washington, DC.

With so much to record, there was no time to waste.

“You had to do an outside (voice for every player), you had to do a house, and you had to do all the names in the NBA like that,” Doughty said.

If that sounds exhausting, you’re right.

The process took eight days, with each session lasting four to seven hours.

However, these long sessions gave him time to experiment.

“That’s where I first unveiled the intro for LaMelo (LA-MEEEEEL-LOW) Ball,” he smiles. [I did it] There, before I even made it to the arena.

Then came the wait.

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With the game slated for release in September 2021, Doughty had to keep quiet about his involvement.

For a while he did pretty well until one day he didn’t.

“And mate, they’re watching social media because I got a call and an email within 10 minutes of it going out,” he said. “I said, ‘Look, it’s my fault. “”

He may have messed up keeping a secret, but he thinks he’s done his part.

He says he treated the recording session like it was a game, and the results speak for themselves.

“I still think what I’m going to do will be good enough,” he says.

No arguments here.

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