Napear set to be roasted at Peach Tree's The Event
In the early days of the Kings' reign in Sacramento, play-by-play announcer Grant Napear frequently made the trip north to the team's training camp at Yuba College in Linda.
He returns to Linda this evening to be the subject of his first celebrity roast as friends, colleagues and former Kings players tip off The Event at Peach Tree Golf and Country Club.
The Event continues with a golf tournament Saturday morning and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Dave Mason, a founding member of Traffic, ends the festivities with a concert.
In an age when the Internet allows anybody to express their opinion, the Kings' play-by-play announcer and host of The Grant Napear Radio Show on KHTK-AM 1140 is ready for whatever the panel of roasters can dish out.
"I'm not worried about it, I'm going to be up there with a lot of great friends and sharing great laughs. It's going to be a fun night and we're raising money for charity, so it's going to be great," Napear said.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to Operation Warm Heart, a charity which benefits airmen and their families at Beale Air Force Base.
The list of roasters includes Napear's colleague and former Kings coach Jerry Reynolds, and former players Harold Pressley, Jim Les and Henry Turner.
Also joining the fun will be radio host Carmichael Dave, former San Francisco 49er Dan Bunz, Portland Trail Blazers' play-by-play announcer Brian Wheeler, and comedian Petri Hawkins-Byrd, who is known for his role as the bailiff on Judge Judy.
It's easy for Napear to be a good sport these days. The Kings will remain in Sacramento after years of uncertainty during the Maloof family's bid to relocate the team.
"It's been an emotional roller coaster and I'm glad it's all over with, it was the most difficult time in my life. Going on radio some days was difficult, but some days it was great having my listeners help me and to be able to help them," Napear said.
The Event committee chair John Cassidy, who is emceeing the roast, asked Napear to participate because he was a vocal advocate for the fans in the campaign to keep the Kings in Sacramento.
"It was a no brainer to bring in Grant who played such an incredible, key role in still having a franchise in the area," Cassidy said.
Peach Tree Golf and Country Club is hosting The Event to reward members and showcase the club, which was built in 1959, and the plan is to do it again every year, Cassidy said.
"As this club enters its next phase, it's now the members' turn to take the legacy baton from those who built the club and carry it forward," Cassidy said.