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Kevin Harlan (born June 21, 1960 in Milwaukeemarker, Wisconsinmarker) is an Americanmarker television sports announcer. The son of former Green Bay Packers executive Bob Harlan, he currently broadcasts NFL and college basketball games on CBS. Harlan is also a play-by-play announcer for the NBA on TNT. Until 2008, Harlan was the voice of Westwood One Radio's Final Four coverage, which is heard on hundreds of radio stations nationwide. Beginning in 2009, he serves as a secondary announcer for Westwood One's Monday Night Football broadcasts.


Harlan's broadcasting career began in 1982, when he became the TV and radio voice of the NBA's Kansas City Kings (now the Sacramento Kings). He then was a basketball announcer for his alma mater, the University of Kansasmarker, for one year, then went on to call games for the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs from 1985–93. Harlan also split time with the University of Missourimarker (1986–89) calling football and basketball games, and worked as the play-by-play voice of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves for nine seasons (1989–98). In 1994, he joined FOX as an NFL announcer, and in 1996, joined Turner Sports to cover NBA playoff games (he would begin calling games throughout the entire season in 1997, which he continues to do to this day).

In addition, Harlan has called Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers preseason games; basketball games during the now-defunct Goodwill Games, which were owned by Time Warner; college sports on ESPN; and several bowl games during college football season. A Wisconsin native, Harlan attended the University of Kansasmarker and graduated in 1982 with a broadcast journalism degree.

He has also lent his voice on the NBA 2K video game series. Curiously, his voice is similar to fellow NBA on TNT announcer Marv Albert that 2K Sports turned to him as a play-by-play announcer for the said video game, in response to Albert being the voice on competitor EA Sports' NBA Live series.

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Known for his witty dialogue and assortment of creative banter, Harlan can be heard exclaiming: "Buckle up for..." (when any NBA player is about to slam dunk the ball) and "Right between the eyes!" and "He just sucked the gravity right out of the building!" and "He's a flamethrower!" and "He is an Assassin" and "Flight (jersey number) is cleared for landing!" and "Up High...and Down Hard!" Harlan has also been known to exclaim "With no regard for human life!" after an especially devastating play. The most well known are a dunk by Kobe Bryant against the New York Knicks in 2003 and the LeBron James dunk on Kevin Garnett in the 2008 Eastern Conference Semifinals.

In a playoff game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves, Kobe Bryant performed a reverse windmill dunk over several defenders to which Harlan responded, "Buckle up for Kobe Bryant! Kobe Bryant just sucked the gravity out of the Target Center!" During a playoff game in 2005, Tracy McGrady drove to the rim and threw down a viscious one handed facial on Shawn Bradley, and Kevin Harlan said, "Here comes Mcgrady, OH McGrady just sucked the gravity right out of the the building! What a Play!"

As a Kansas City Chiefs announcer, he would often exclaim "Oh baby what a play!" on any spectacular play resulting in a touchdown.

Also stated "Is this the dagger!" during the VCU vs Duke game during the 2007 NCAA tournament, when Eric Maynor, made the final winning shot to knock Duke out in first round play.

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