Podcast: Bill Worrell on his epic career, legendary Rockets stories

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Friday’s episode of the Locked on Rockets podcast features an exclusive interview with broadcasting icon Bill Worrell. After working nearly 40 years as Houston’s play-by-play broadcaster for television game broadcasts, Worrell recently announced his decision to step down.

Worrell will remain as a special contributor to AT&T SportsNet Southwest broadcasts next season before fully retiring. That will allow him to work a full 40 years with the hometown NBA franchise.

With Jackson Gatlin leading the way as host and interviewer, topics discussed on Friday’s podcast with Worrell include:

  • The origins of his legendary announcing career

  • The NBA’s evolution in playing style over the years

  • Who he views as the best NBA player of all-time

  • His broadcast partners over nearly 40 years as an announcer

  • His first impressions of Hakeem Olajuwon, as well as the birth of the “Dream Shake” nickname for Olajuwon’s primary move

  • Personal stories from his friendships with Hall of Famers Calvin Murphy and Rudy Tomjanovich

  • Why he supports the NBA’s growing social justice movement

  • Why he believes Stephen Silas can win a championship in Houston

The complete podcast can be listened to below, as well as via major distributors including Apple, Google, and Spotify.

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