Charlotte Hornets

Scott Lauer won’t return as Charlotte Hornets’ announcer

Scott Lauer
Scott Lauer Charlotte Hornets

Scott Lauer, radio play-by-play announcer for the Charlotte Hornets, was told Tuesday he will not return next season.

Lauer confirmed he was let go in a meeting Tuesday afternoon.

“I’m very appreciative of 11 seasons broadcasting the Hornets,” Lauer said during a telephone interview. “Growing up, if you told me I’d get 11 years in the NBA, I’d be all-in on that.

“They gave me my start in this league. But I look forward to serving with other organizations in the NBA. It was a joy the last two seasons working with coach (Steve) Clifford.”

Lauer joined the then-Bobcats in 2004. He initially was a fill-in play-by-play announcer doing about 15 games per season when Steve Martin wasn’t available. Martin then was moved to the television side and Lauer became full-time play-by-play on radio in 2007.

Lauer came to Charlotte after calling minor league baseball in Indianapolis, among other assignments. He also wrote for the Hornets’ website. He started a business during the last NBA lockout in which he began representing broadcasters as an agent.

This season Lauer worked with color analyst and former Bobcat Matt Carroll on home games. Lauer did road games without a broadcast partner on Hornets flagship station WFNZ-AM 610.

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