Mike Breen Rumors
Former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy, on the call Saturday night with Mark Jackson and Mike Breen, took a very vocal stance against the league. “Once again the fans are told, you don’t matter,” Van Gundy said. “Pay us up front, we’ll take your money and then we’ll give you whatever product we want to.”
After a report on the incident from sideline reporter Doris Burke, Breen said, “As somebody who has lived in New York my whole life, and broadcasting for the Knicks throughout Charles Oakley’s time here, he is beloved in this city for the type of player he was, and to see an incident like this, it’s just painful.
Kennedy has been the beneficiary of similar interactions this season from the likes of Blake Griffin, Steve Kerr and Mike Breen, each of whom made a point to approach Kennedy and honor his personal achievement. Those individuals, like Buford, Booker, Popovich and Snyder, exhibited awesome acts of generosity and it didn’t cost them anything other than a mindful awareness of another man’s burden.
The N.B.A. finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers is his record 11th finals, two more than Marv Albert (with NBC) and Dick Stockton (CBS). And he will continue his run with a newly announced contract extension. “I know this sounds corny and clichéd, but it’s kind of overwhelming to think about it,” he said by telephone Friday between Games 1 and 2 of the finals. “I grew up watching the N.B.A. when Marv was the man — and he’s still the man — and I listened to Stockton call all those Lakers-Celtics matchups. I’ve been blessed to have all these opportunities come my way.”
ESPN announced today it has re-signed its lead NBA play-by-play commentator Mike Breen, THE VOICE of the NBA Finals, to a long-term deal. Breen joined ESPN in 2003 and began calling the NBA FINALS in 2006. He is entering his 11th season as THE VOICE of the NBA FINALS – the most ever for a play-by-play commentator.