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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.
The Knicks will spend a lot of time on the road at the pandemic season’s outset — which means MSG Network’s Hall-of-Fame broadcast tandem of Mike Breen and Walt Frazier may not be around the club much. According to a source, Breen and Frazier are unlikely to make road trips — at least early on, according to industry sources. In fact, the NBA is leaning toward not having visiting team’s broadcasters travel to road contests.
Though the NBA has made no final decision, it is expected Breen and Frazier, under league rules, will broadcast road games from either a New York studio or their home. Considered the NBA’s most elite announcing duo, Breen and Frazier are permitted to broadcast home games from the Garden but not from their usual courtside table. Instead, they likely will be perched 30 feet above the court.
Breen is the guy who yells “Bang!” after big shots. See? You know who he is, right? “It actually started when I was in college,” Breen said on The Zach Gelb Show, explaining the origins of the call. “I went to Fordham University in the Bronx, and I worked at the college radio station, WFUV, and we used to do the Fordham men’s and women’s basketball games. And the games that we didn’t do, we would go as student fans. I would travel all around the tristate area watching my school’s team. I was a big Fordham Rams basketball fan. When I wasn’t calling the games for the station, I was there in the stands, and I started doing it in the stands. A Fordham player would hit a big shot, and I would yell, ‘Bang!’ as a fan in the stands.”
“I tried it on the air, and ironically when I first started doing it, I didn’t particularly like it,” he said. “I didn’t know if it worked because it was on radio. But then years later I tried it again, and the reason I started to like it was because it was a very quick, concise way to call a big shot in a big moment where you don’t have to use your voice to override the crowd. You give the ‘Bang’ call and you get out of the way and you let the crowd come in and kind of take it away from there. Ironically, that doesn’t apply right now [in the bubble], but that’s how it got started.”
Barry Jackson: ESPN has decided that Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson – originally expected to do entire Heat-Celtics series – instead will do the (unexpected) Game 7 of Clippers-Nuggets tomorrow night. So Mark Jones, Doris Burke work Game 1 of Heat-Celtics on ESPN at 6:30 tomorrow.