CHICAGO – “Explosion”.
Knicks longtime broadcaster Mike Breen heads to the Hall of Fame, winning the 2020 Curt Gowdy Award during ceremonies at the United Center on Friday.
Breen, who grew up in Yonkers and graduated from Fordham, has called the Knicks games for 28 seasons, starting with WFAN radio in 1992 before moving on to the MSG Network.
The rest of the country knows Breen for his duties on national television, in which he has partnered with former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy and former Knicks point guard Mark Jackson to form a venerable trio.
Breen, who has set a record for 14 consecutive NBA finals, said he learned after broadcasting the Knicks game against Washington on Wednesday, but was not allowed to tell anyone except his wife.
“I almost started crying before,” Breen said. “It’s hard to understand even after spreading the word. When I was 5, I fell in love with basketball, I played it until I was 45. To get this job, it was to win the lottery and get a prize like this for doing the job you love so much. … It’s hard to find the right words to say how I feel. “
“Bang” is his signature call and started in Fordham from the stands.
“When we weren’t playing games, I was in the stands as a student,” Breen said. “When a Fordham player made a shot, he yelled” Bang. “I tried it on the air as a student a couple of times. I said,” This doesn’t work. I do not really like “.
“Then I went back to that when I started to make television and felt that it was a pleasant and concise way at a great moment. You say a word of a syllable and the crowd rises and you don’t have to shout about it. An easy word I’m from the concise school Vin Scully, Pat Summerall. It worked with a big noisy crowd. “
Following the announcement, Knicks fans were excited about Breen on social media. He has maintained a steady balance in the air with fellow Walt Frazier while qualifying all those losses for most of the 20 seasons, and is still loved by Knicks fans. The Knicks are expected to miss the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season.
When asked how he could handle the relentless loss, Breen said:
“It’s love for the game,” said Breen. “I love the game. Every night we sit down, you don’t know what you’ll see. Some nights it’s an incredible individual performance, some nights an incredible return, some nights it’s a horrible game and you don’t get anything fun to watch. But every night there is an opportunity “.
Breen said he hung a poster of Frazier in his childhood room at Yonkers at age 10. His mother still lives in the house and the poster is still hung.
“I go from Walt Frazier being my basketball hero to my life partner and friend,” said an excited Breen. “I can’t invent this.”