Mike Breen took over as the play-by-play voice of the NBA Finals for the ESPN on ABC in 2006, meaning Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET in Oakland he will be on the call for his 12th consecutive Finals. Joining Breen on the call will be his long-time broadcast cohorts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, with Doris Burke working the sidelines.
For the third straight year, Breen and company will be calling a series between the Cavaliers and Warriors as the two teams make history as the first teams to meet in three consecutive NBA Finals. There has been much debate about whether the dominance of the two squads in their respective conferences is good or bad for the NBA. With Van Gundy and Jackson, two who are never afraid to let their strong opinions be heard, that will undoubtedly be a topic of conversation on the broadcast.
Ahead of Thursday night’s Game 1, Breen spoke with DIME Magazine about that issue, and why he is on the side that believes it’s great for the league, as well as discussing what it’s like watching the Warriors demoralize teams, LeBron James’ longevity, teeing up Van Gundy and Jackson for rants, his favorite suits from Knicks broadcast partner Clyde Frazier, and favorite NBA Finals moments that he’s been on the call for.