Mike Breen Rumors

ESPN’s Michael Wilbon and Mike Breen were honored with the print and broadcast versions of the Curt Gowdy Award on Friday night as part of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2020 class of inductees. Wilbon, who spent 30 years at The Washington Post in addition to spending the past two decades as the host of Pardon The Interruption, among other roles at ESPN, and Breen, the longtime play-by-play man for both the New York Knicks and the NBA on ESPN, who has called the NBA Finals a record-setting 14 times since 2006, have both been fixtures in the basketball world for over a generation.
Leon Rose, you see, makes himself available to field media queries about as scarcely as any N.B.A. executive running a front office ever has. Tuesday will be one full year on the job for Rose, who didn’t even hold an introductory news conference. Apart from a brief interview with the team’s play-by-play man, Mike Breen, on the MSG Network in June 2020, Rose has only once spoken to reporters, during the team’s Zoom session in July 2020 to formally announce Thibodeau’s hiring. A public sense of Rose’s vision for how to build a team, how he plans to lead the Knicks back to sustained prominence for the first time since the 1990s, thus remains mostly a mystery.