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John Paul Stevenson returns to Grizzlies as announcer for upcoming season

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. β€” John Paul Stevenson’s voice will return to Memphis Grizzlies games.

He will serve as the Grizzlies’ interim public address announcer for the upcoming season, the team announced Thursday.

He was the public address announcer for the Grizzlies from 2001-06 and was in the same role with the Houston Rockets for the past 10 seasons.

The Houston Press named Stevenson the Best Stadium Announcer in 2013 and 2015.

“John Paul is an important figure in Memphis Grizzlies history,” said Jason Potter, the Grizzlies director of content and live entertainment. β€œHe completely understands the spirit of Grizz Nation and knows how to captivate not just any audience – but a Memphis audience – through the live experience.”

Stevenson said he is excited to return to the Bluff City and the Grizzlies.

“Being surrounded by old friends, and having the ability to give back to a community that embraced me and gave me their attention and affection makes this chance truly meaningful,” he said.

Stevenson’s first game back will be the Grizzlies’ first preseason game, against the Orlando Magic Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at FedExForum.