It looks like the #KeepJim movement has worked out for Golden State Warriors and Jim Barnett fans.
According to Tim Kawikami of the San Jose Mercury News, the Warriors’ TV commentators will remain the same next season, with Barnett doing the color commentary and Bob Fitzgerald on the play-by-play.
At some point during last season, word leaked out that Barnett would be retiring at the end of the year, stepping down after a 29-year tenure in the broadcast booth. In essence, the Warriors wanted him replaced, and Barnett agreed to take on an ambassador role with the team, although he didn’t want to step down.
That was until the Warriors fans began a movement to keep him in the booth. The hashtag #KeepJim started trending on Twitter, and the movement went full steam. After the Warriors were eliminated in the playoffs in seven games by the Clippers, Fitzgerald announced on TV that Barnett would be back next season, and now we have confirmation.
Kawikami reports that the Warriors eyed Brent Barry as a potential replacement for Barnett. Barry is currently a well-respected analyst for NBATV, but apparently didn’t want to relocate from San Antonio. The Warriors also considered Tom Tolbert, who calls home games on the radio side along with Tim Roye.
But anyway, Barnett is back, and quite frankly, that’s the best news of the day for the Warriors’ fans.