Saturday, February 9, 2013
Tirico to call Knicks and Nets on Sunday
By Mike Mazzeo
On Sunday, ESPN play-by-play announcer Mike Tirico will call two NBA games in the same day -- both in New York City.
Tirico will call the Knicks-Clippers game at Madison Square Garden for ABC at 1 p.m., then hop on the subway and take the 2/3 to Barclays Center before calling the 8 p.m. Nets-Spurs telecast on ESPN.
“In New York, it’s not a problem,” Tirico told ESPN Front Row when asked if he’s worried about being recognized on the subway. “There are people a thousand times more recognizable than me. So, ducking into a subway won’t be a problem at all. It’s always fun when our viewers -- who are really our customers -- see you and interact with you. There are so many nice people that want to share their love of sports and without them we wouldn’t have this job, which is a labor of love.”
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city is “in great shape” after about a foot of snow fell in Manhattan, so the weather shouldn’t prevent Tirico from taking the approximately 20-minute subway ride between arenas.
This will be Tirico’s first time ever calling two NBA games on the same day.
“I’ve done stunts like three different sports in four days, between golf, college football and NFL, but not the NBA,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it. I know [ESPN NBA play-by-play voice] Mike Breen and [ESPN analyst] Jeff Van Gundy have done the two games in one day a couple of times on Christmas Day -- they’ve shown me up a little. Seriously, how neat is it that we can have these two big NBA games in the same day on our air? We have such a great crew, too. They really deserve all of the credit. We have some of the hardest working people in television and it’s a pleasure to be a part of the team.”