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Michael "Mike" Breen (born May 22, 1961) is a play-by-play commentator for the NBA on ABC and the lead commentator for New York Knicks games on the MSG network. He also works NBA games for ESPN, and was formerly a play-by-play announcer for New York Giants preseason games, as well as for regular season NFL games on both Fox and NBC.

Biography

Basketball

Breen, a 1983 graduate of Fordham Universitymarker [107262], is currently in his 14th season as an NBA broadcaster, with some of those 14 taking place while Breen worked for NBC up until 2002, the network's last year as both an NBA and WNBA broadcaster. He is also the main voice for New York Knicks games on MSG Network, taking over after Marv Albert left over a dispute with Knicks management. On February 8, 2006, with the departure of Al Michaels from the network, ABC announced that Breen would take over as the lead broadcaster for the NBA, including the NBA Finals. His broadcasting career started doing play-by-play for the Marist College Red Foxes basketball team in 1985.

Olympics

Breen has done 5 Olympic Games in his career, 1 Winter Olympics and 4 Summer Olympics. At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlantamarker, the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydneymarker, and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athensmarker, Breen called basketball, handling play-by-play for both the men and the women. At the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake Citymarker, Breen called ski jumping. Breen served as a play-by-play announcer for NBC Sports coverage of men's and women's Basketball at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Radio

Breen has been a fixture on the radio as well. He began his professional radio career as a sportscaster on WNBC radio in the early 1980s, and frequently substituted for Dave Sims as host of "SportsNight" on the station. From 1989 to 2000, Breen did the sports segment on the WFANmarker and nationally syndicated Imus in the Morning talk/comedy radio show. Breen became noted for his deadpan delivery of false sports news, such as in the mid-1990s reporting that in the previous night's Mets game, "Félix Millán went 4-for-4 with 3 runs scored" (Millán retired in 1977). He continues to call into the program under the guise of "Bill from White Plains."

Style

Breen quotables

"Bang!"

"It's good!"

"Puts it in!"

"Knocks it down!"

"Ties the game!" (after a clutch shot made in a game or after a crucial shot that ties a game in its crucial moments)

"Blocked by (insert name of player)!" (whenever a shot is blocked)

"What a play by (player)!" (when a player makes an incredibly unbelievable shot)

"And the (team who tied the game) came back from (deficit from the team who tied the game) down to tie the game!"

"What an emotional scene!"

"Gets inside!" (when a player drives to the hoop for either a dunk or a layup)

"Oh, this is a sight to see!" (whenever something unexpected happens)

"Count it, and a foul (or and one)!"

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