Brian Wheeler to miss first game since 1998 due to illness

The Blazers radio play-by-play man Brian Wheeler is not with the team on their trip to Boston due to illness and will miss the four-game road trip on the East Coast. Wheeler has called 1,359 consecutive games for the Blazers dating back to 1998.

Here’s the full release from the Blazers:

For the first time in his 16-year career with the team, Portland Trail Blazers radio play-by-play voice Brian Wheeler will not be at the microphone when the team plays. Illness will prevent Wheeler from traveling with the team as it departs on a four-game swing against NBA Eastern Conference teams beginning Friday night in Boston. Prior to his illness, Wheeler had never missed a broadcast since being hired by the Trail Blazers in 1998.

In Wheeler’s absence, the Trail Blazers will temporarily simulcast audio from its television broadcast tandem of Mike Barrett and Mike Rice, with radio analyst Antonio Harvey added as a third on-air voice.

Get well soon, Wheels.

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