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Rick Kamla (born July 19, 1969) is a television personality for NBA TV.
Rick Kamla has been a studio commentator for the NBA since January 2003. Currently, Kamla hosts Game Time, NBATV Real Training Camp, Fantasy Insider, and NBA D-League Central. Kamla also contributes play-by-play to NBA, NBADL, WNBA, USA Basketball, Summer League and Euroleague games.
Kamla attended Edina High School in suburban Minneapolis. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1992 with a degree in History and a minor in Speech-Communication. While attending the University of Minnesota, Kamla covered the Golden Gophers on the student-run radio station WMMR, where he announced over 100 games in the four major sports.
In 1994, Kamla started his sports journalism career as a part-time writer for Fantasy Football Weekly, which was based in Minneapolis. What started as a regional newsletter devoted to Fantasy Football (American) blossomed into a website covering every conceivable fantasy sport. By 1998, Kamla was the full-time senior editor for both Fantasy Football (American) and basketball on fanball.com.
Despite getting into the sports industry as a football writer, it was Kamla's basketball columns that caught the eye of NBA TV director Bryan Meyers. Kamla was eventually hired to host the groundbreaking fantasy show "Virtual GM", and he's been on NBA TV ever since. In a 2009 NBA TV Broadcast, Kamla made a controversial remark, which he later apologized for.
Rick lives in Atlanta, Georgia and has two sons, Tyrus and Jalen. Rick has been a percussionist and lyricist since the late 1990s when he began playing congas in the mountains of Colorado. The writing job with Fanball.com took Rick back to Minneapolis in 1998, when he joined "The Other Band", who specialized in blues-rock originals and Allman Brothers covers. In 2008, Rick met guitarists Chris Lindsey and Rob Corin, and they now form the core of the Atlanta-based jam-rock ensemble "RPM".