Longtime sports anchor Neil Everett is set to make his next stop as the television studio host for the Portland Trail Blazers during their road games in 2021-22. As confirmed in an official team press release, Everett will host the pre-game, post-game, and halftime shows.
The move represents something of a homecoming for Everett, a Portland native. As noted in the press release, Everett attended both the University of Oregon and Willamette University. In a recent feature with NBA.com’s Blazers insider Casey Holdahl, Everett called the move a “natural progression of life” to return to his Pacific Northwest roots.
“I’m pinching myself that a 13, 14, 15 year old kid who sat at the Memorial Coliseum and watched Twardzik and Hollins run down the court with Bill Walton, watched Jack Ramsay stalking the sidelines, now gets to be a part of the franchise that I grew up adoring,” said Everett. “I’m totally touched, I really am.”
Chris McGowan, the President and CEO of the Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter, had this to say of the announcement to bring along Everett:
“To have someone with Neil’s knowledge and experience join the Trail Blazers will take our television broadcast to the next level. His personal ties to the Pacific Northwest paired with his expertise will complement the great talent we have on our broadcast team.”
In that Q&A with Holdahl, Everett talked about some of the nervousness he has about his new situation, the relationships he’s cultivated in the Pacific Northwest, and what might make this move different from his previous roles as an ESPNEWS and SportsCenter anchor, among much else.