If you’ve been to a Golden State Warriors home game in the last two decades, then chances are you’re familiar with Matthew Hurwitz, at least subconsciously. For the last 18 seasons, Hurwitz has been the PA announcer for the Warriors. That means he’s the voice you hear when player introductions are made, and in-game anytime someone scores, commits a foul, or comes into the game.
The news was first reported by Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle.
After 18 years as the Warriors’ public-address announcer, Matthew Hurwitz has parted ways with the team. https://t.co/HLLtqssYN4— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) July 31, 2018
Letourneau notes that the decision was not made by Hurwitz, but rather by the team, who decided to go in a different direction with their in-arena, in-game production. However, it is mentioned that the change in direction is not an indictment of Hurwitz’s performance, and he is quoted as saying that he “has no hard feelings.”
This is just the latest move in an offseason that has had a lot of turnover behind the scenes. Earlier in the summer, Ralph Walker, who was in charge of being security for Steph Curry at all times, left the team. Shortly after, Head Performance Therapist Chelsea Lane decided to take a job with the Atlanta Hawks, and then analytics guru Sammy Gelfand decided to join the Detroit Pistons.
Given how much of a staple he was to fans at Oracle, Hurwitz will be missed.