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looking forward to a very special show tonight.
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Yes.
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Hello, everybody.
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I'm ref work from fluster SportsZone.
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Welcome back to another SportsCastr and men.
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Oh, man. Yes.
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Like Sam said, we are so excited I've ever agreed on the show.
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I'm really looking forward to it.
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I know he's been a great competition for so many years, and it's gonna be awesome to interview him and ask him some questions.
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And I hope you guys enjoy the stream Toss over to you, Isaac.
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I'm looking forward to it.
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Okay, so yeah, let's introduce.
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Well, we've all been waiting for this show Special guests when I mean special.
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What? You hear How specially is Miami? He play by play announcer.
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Also, if you watch my need highlights If you watch Miami, he games nine on ESPN.
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Not in the place, by the way.
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Unfortunately, this is not the guy who broadcasted Ray Allen shot.
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If it was, he would be even more famous.
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But now I'm the only broadcast the first round of the playoffs. But here it is.
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Play by play announcer Oh, put the Miami Heat special guest, Eric Reid.
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Let's introduce him right now.
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Gentlemen, A pleasure to be on with all of you.
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Isaac and your two guests hosts Isaac, even though I didn't call it on live TV.
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But Ray Allen's game time shot in Game six, I did actually call it for all the playoff games.
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We don't televise on Fox Sports, son.
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The Miami Heat has me do it sort of into a tape machine.
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They record it and they use it for the archives.
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So even though most people hurt Mike Brains terrific call, I didn't get the opportunity to make that call in and all the others threw them up. The heats.
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Four trips.
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That's four straight trips to the finals and obviously the back to back championships.
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Yep.
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So we're happy to have ever agreed on how we're gonna get started.
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So we're gonna ask him questions he's gonna tell us about his broadcasting crew on again.
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He knows a lot about the heat.
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He's been with the heat since the beginning.
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You could name any heat, Claire.
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You he will tell you about them.
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Hopefully and, uh, probably most players in the N B A.
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So we're gonna get started with our questions.
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And my first question for you is how a broadcast Those like you and, uh, basketball teams such as the mind heat getting through this condo buyers.
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So obviously, right now on the probably the regular season would have been over.
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If I'm not wrong, everyone will be broadcasting.
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Right now.
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He's gunning to spend time with his family.
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And, yeah, I mean, probably broadcast practice looking at replays of games.
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So that's what I'm asking you.
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What have you been doing to keep busy join this crony Bryce, and what have you been doing related to the N B. A.
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And one.
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How basketball teams are being doing well.
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Fast ball teams haven't been doing much other than trying to stay fit and stay connected.
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I can't speak with authority on the over 29 teams.
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I know what the heat is doing.
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They're doing almost daily video fitness workouts with our terrific strength and conditioning coach Eric Karan.
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There there get connecting with the coaching staff several times a week on.
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They're trying to stay fit and stay connected.
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That's metal.
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You can do and say, Listen as physically ready without being on the court and mentally ready to not check out and think even though it feels like the off season don't act like it's the off season yet, especially if you're a player for me.
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I'm like every Michael you guys out there take it one day at a time, trying to be patient and prudent and say throughout this whole thing.
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I'm at home in Boca Raton, Florida, with my wife and my daughter.
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I have two older Children that live in New York City, and we're all doing the same thing.
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Is every other American right now just trying to stay safe in terms of saying, Ready for the N. B.
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A.
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I am watching a lot of Miami heat replays.
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Fox Sports Son Down here in South Florida.
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We aired, I don't know, maybe 15 weeks, every night of a regular season game that we miss.
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We have substituted one of the better heat wins this year.
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SOS was sort of cool.
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Look to check back in on our team early in the season when we won at Milwaukee, won in overtime at Toronto, one at Philadelphia, one at Indiana.
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So, you know, for a lot of the season, the Heat were beating just that every Eastern Conference contender except one.
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I know one of your host will be happy when I tell you this.
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Boston was the one team that Miami was not feet in the regular season, or at least what we saw.
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But listen right now, the regular season would be over.
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We'd be getting ready for Round one and Game one for so much of this season.
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It wasn't so much a question with the Heat.
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Make the playoffs.
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We were in the top four almost the whole season.
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We got as high as two, maybe as low as five or six.
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But for most of the time, we were number four.
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When the season got suspended on March 11th Miami at a true gamely on Indiana and Philadelphia.
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The Heat also owned the tie breaker advantage, having won the season series with both those teams.
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But keep in mind, they had two games left with Indiana with a two Oli.
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So it was all about trying to obtain home court advantage in the first round.
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That was really the Heat's regular season mission.
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And I'll tell you the truth.
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There were two teams that that home court mattered to more than any two ****ytic and they were both in the East, Philadelphia and Miami.
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If you look at it, they were two of the best home teams in the league all year, and both were below average on the road.
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So I thought for those two particular homecourt meant a ton.
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And now, if we're lucky enough to get the playoffs sometime later this summer, there's not gonna be a home court.
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It would likely be played in a neutral setting.
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So I hope you get to that point.
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I hope we get to that point.
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So we're just staying ready and stay careful and trying to stay healthy. Guys.
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Yeah. So you said.
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I mean, we don't know what this **** of ice is gonna play effect in the n b.
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A.
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We don't know if it's gonna resume without no fans in the crowd.
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But again, neutral sites.
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If there's no fans, that it's correct.
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But yes, So we're gonna show you up.
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My two I picked out to, uh, short clips of Eric Green's Best cause.
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One is 10 seconds.
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This is my favorite Dwyane Wade's buzzer beater against Golden State.
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So this clip, you can hear his voice.
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You can see if you recognize him.
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If you watch some crazy don't kind of life, you see Donald Jones Jr.
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And now you may be here.
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Evergreens are voiced or just any heat up late.
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So we're gonna share the screen on here.
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We're gonna get this Dwayne Wade highlight on the screen.
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So, uh, let's show you this.
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That's a 12th clip.
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So sure you guys can wait.
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So here it iss This is against Golden State.
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The heat are down by 2125 2023 7.
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9 seconds left.
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Let's show you what happens.
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Let's put this on full screen way.
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Look here on your own.
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So I video wasn't plank, but we heard his voice.
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But we're gonna show it one more time.
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Just the 1st 10 seconds of it.
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And yet joins buzzer beater thistles.
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Evergreen Broadcasting it because he could things rock here.
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Waiters, little chopping my best.
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Yeah, it is.
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They're So I was gonna get that to work, but yes.
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Oh, that is, uh, all right.
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We couldn't get that door, but we heard his voice, and that's all that matters.
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I'm sure you guys remember that play.
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Dwayne Wade's shot got blocked by up the Golden State.
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And I just put it up on on balance on balance shot.
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So we're gonna leave that to the next question.
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What is your favorite heat moment for May? I watched that game.
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My dad called me into his office.
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I was already sleeping on a school night.
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I believe I'm anyway, So my dad called me into the room and, uh, he was like, Oh, my God, there's a few seconds that Golden State's the best team in the league.
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He do about to beat them 20.
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I love close games, and he'd have gotten into a lot of the most overtime wins.
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Most overtime games in the N B A.
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But, Eric, what would you say is your favorite heat moment? Never gonna go on to grant for his question to you.
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All right, I know your two guys have probably waiting patiently to get their questions in.
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You know, I've done over 2000 regular season heat games.
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I was at all the championship game, so the pick just one is very difficult.
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But for the sake of your question and your show, I am gonna pick one and it would be the last game of of Dwyane Wade's career.
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Remember, it was the second night of a back to back to end the season.
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The Heat at blown out Philadelphia.
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The night earlier, Wade scored 30 and its final game ever played in Miami and then injured his knee after the game when he hot done to the scores.
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Table it in jubilation right in front of us, By the way, Now we've applied a Brooklyn that night, and that was that was a premier moment to see.
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Wade closes his envy a career in Miami with a 30 point game.
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So we fly to Brooklyn that night, get up the next day, and now we know the Heat are not going to the playoffs.
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And guys all year long was, it was about the Heat make the playoffs, and with about a week left in the season, we were eliminated, and it was only then that I realized that the gift of two years ago was not making the playoffs.
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It was watching Dwayne Way finish his career in a heat uniform, so we come to his last game in Brooklyn.
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It at Brooklyn should have been a coronation for a next team that was headed to the playoffs.
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I felt like there were more Heat fans at the Barclay treasure that night and what happens on a bad knee that almost kept him out of the game.
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Dwayne Wade finished his career with this final game, and he had a triple double, only the fourth of his career, and he needed one more assists with 24 seconds left.
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And it's one of my favorite calls ever because wait is handling the ball on the top of the circle.
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We're on the right wing and we all know he needs one assist for a triple double.
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There's under 30 seconds left.
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And as I'm calling the game and I'm watching four players just standing around while weights handling the boss that somebody and nobody did cut and after the game, by the way, Coach Spoelstra told me I was saying the same thing when you said that.
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But anyway, way throws a ball, the has him at the top of the circle and it's become iconic picture for us in South Florida, as has, um rises up with this 15 foot jumper and remember Dwayne and you don ist connected by the hit for their whole careers.
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A CZ great teammates and leaders of Heat Nation.
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And even as he's releasing the shop wait, turns his back and walks down the court with his hand outstretched and, of course, has made the shot one of his very few screw bores the whole season.
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And I called it the perfect ending for Dwyane Wade's career, getting a triple double in his final game and his best friend and his longtime co captain and teammate.
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You don assassin, as I always say, you donit you did it, and that was really a magnificent, ceiling telling, finishing act of the great future Hall of Fame career for going with.
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And it's not, as you always said, it's what you said on that moment, and I'm gonna try this one more time.
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I'm gonna show the second video now here it is.
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Your favorite game is what I was gonna say is my favorite game that you broadcast it.
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I watched that Hogan.
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It's Dwayne Wade's last game.
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You have to watch it.
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Gwen, Wait.
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Iconic player of the all right LeBron James is probably the best player on heat history.
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But Dwayne Wade has been there the longest besides you.
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D and to connect to your these.
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We're gonna show this, and we're gonna bring it over to Grant and Sam.
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But yes, I'm glad you picked that game.
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Hopefully it won't this time.
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Well, Lena, show 10 and seconds of this.
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This is the play that brain way connected to you.
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D to get the triple double off in his last Curiel game.
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And you think that a lot of playing time? It was only right for him to do.
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Let's see if we can get this on here.
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It's on.
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Mute it. There we go.
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Assisting.
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So, uh, there it is.
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It did. It didn't buffer there.
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I was nervous that I didn't.
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You don't think you did it? That was the iconic moment.
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And, yes, I didn't remember that.
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You said that someone cuts, but yeah, Eric, that's my favorite moment.
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You called.
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And of course, you mean every moment I love you.
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Call of every heat play, but especially the close games.
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It's exciting.
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And, um, we're gonna bring it over to Brandon.
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Sam.
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But after they go, I'm gonna ask you one.
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That's question I just want to close off that segment by saying at the end of that game as we're signing off, it's the last broadcast of the season and it's of course, the last time he fans gonna see wait and heat uniforms and over some video of Dwayne, I said, I said something.
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The effect of thank you, thank you doesn't seem like enough.
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It's more like we love you.
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And, uh, you don't plan something like that out. It just comes out.
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And really, I knew going into those final two games that they be two of the biggest two of the most memorable broadcast of my long career doing this and you know it's ironic about it.
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We the Miami Heat one of Southeast Regional Emmy, a word for that telecast and our executive producer, Ted Ballad, when he put in the nomination for submitted when he submitted the entry, he submitted Dwayne Wade's name as well, because he was such a big part of that telecast and we ended up winning the award for best best best telecast of a sporting event that year in the Southeast region, and we present it Dwayne with his any during a game this season the night we retired his jersey.
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So it's such a emotional, wonderful weekend night.
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And when we surprised Dwayne and handed in his M B, he held it up.
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He was proud of it.
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It was a new, emotional, spontaneous reaction for him, and I was happy for that moment because to me, I've been honored, unfortunately, to have won 17 Emmy Awards, and I think that one means the most to me because it sort of, you know, a little trophy that will make you think of how blessed we were to two of, uh, had our career touch by Dwayne Weapon Doing basketball For over 40 years, I've never been with a player longer than I've been with Dwayne and you, Donna.
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Sounds on that you don.
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It's all 16 years with the Heat, Dwayne 14.
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5 of a 16 with Miami.
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That's a long time to be around an athlete.
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I know. One thing's for sure.
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He he sure did do a lot for my career because he gave me some unbelievable moments to be a part of it and broadcasts and at the end of it all, you realized wow my my voice serves as, ah, big part of the soundtrack, one of the great careers for one of the greatest players to ever play in the n b.
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A.
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So it's meaningful now that it's all said and done.
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Yeah, so we're gonna go to Sam on his question to you.
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But my my last question and this applies to all three of us me, salmon grant.
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We watch each other's streams, and we all admit to it, We have a hard time when crazy place happen.
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Get too excited with Scream.
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We get excited.
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We're humans.
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We can't help it, but you as a broadcast or you broadcasted tons of close moments.
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Close games, playoff games, Tyler hero Dwayne Wade's clutch threes.
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How do you keep calm? So we'll save that for the hand.
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That's the cloak Dan.
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Anyone who's watching wants to be a broadcast or anyone on SportsCastr Twitter.
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That will mean a lot, but we're going to San.
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What is your question for mine? Heat play by play announcer or evergreen? Yes, you're a Well, I have plenty of questions, like I'm sure both of you as well, but the one that I really want to know.
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Eric, if you don't mind sharing with us on a on a typical game day, I'll go with the home game.
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So on.
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For Miami Heat home game on daily game.
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Say it's a 7 30 tip off.
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Well, can you just take us through How? That how the day goes for you from when you wake up in the morning all the way to one get home? And what what the preparation is going into the game? You know, it's almost like from from action.
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It's a great question.
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I think your game day prep starts before game day for May it it better I I like to have two days to prepare for each game on you and you wonder, How do you do that when there's back to backs, you gotta work ahead.
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Um, I have a viable routine that I go through it just within arm's reach.
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I happen to have ah, lineup card that I use.
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I don't know if you can see it, but that's what I have on the front of the card, and all that list is the games of that night, and some notes and serious notes right there and then you open up this monstrosity of a thing that now some of its computerized, Yes, and some of it's not.
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But it takes me hours to get this done.
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I do it for every game, and that's only part of the preparation.
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But anyway, so I'm finishing up that sharp on game day.
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You know, it's a broadcaster.
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Each one of us know those what level of prep we want to fill our tank up to it.
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For me, that's full overtime.
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So I'm gonna get that sheep done, which is gonna tell me what each players averaging in all their statistical areas, what they did in their last game, what they did against the opponent the last time we played them.
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Both teams records, both teams stats.
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I have nuggets on all 30 players that that might appear in that game and all sorts of teen notes as well.
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Then, at about one o'clock, we have a conference call with our producer or director, my color ****yst John Crotty or courtside reporter Jason Jackson.
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Um, whoever may be doing the pre game show that night and we talk about ideas the director or the producer will tell us what Roland's he has. Ready.
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Ah, available for that night's telecast, John Prodi and myself will have already given ideas.
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You know, earlier calls will have already talked to our producer and say, Hey, we think this match up.
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We want to focus on that.
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We want to look at Duncan Robinson's three point streak.
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We want to look at how well Kendrick now.
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So we'll have different things that we think we want to talk about.
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And then I would believe my house.
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I would say it about 3 30 I live about 45 minutes to an hour from Miami, so generally I'm in my car by 3 30 to get into the arena by 4 30 Um, I sit up in the family lounge at the arena with some other broadcasters, including my longtime partner, Tony Fear into, You know, we've We've had dinner together.
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Emily Lounge before every heat home game for like, the last 17 years.
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It's it's incredible and even know Tony's not on the crew anymore.
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We still enjoy our pregame dinner with.
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Then we go down and get to hear both coaches, Um, in a pregame press conference, we always get some private time with their expulsion, tre.
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And with I'd say, 60% of the opposing coaches, we get a little one on one time with them as well.
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Then maybe after that you might have time to talk to a player or two on each side.
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If there's a story you want to get their sound or opinion from, and then all of that is in your head, I've taken notes on what both coaches.
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That said.
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So I have so much information, I'm gonna only use a small percentage of it because here's a number one time you gotta be.
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You've got to be dedicated enough to prepare 100% for every game.
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But you gotta be justice dedicated to not force that information in.
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Just because you have just like a producer has to be careful.
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He might have five different rollings of different topics that he he thinks might be applicable.
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But here's the biggest side.
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The game tells us what to talk about, not the other way around.
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So that's why doing the same thing year after year, it still feels fresh because every night something different happens and it's how you respond to the spontaneity of the moment.
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That really dictates the kind of job you're doing.
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Yes, and that's it.
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You do the game, and then after the game, I know we're all creatures of habit.
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If it's a home game, you know my wife and daughter.
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If they're, they're gonna come down and see me after the game, will entertain a few guests, perhaps, and then I make the same walk with my with my 14 year old daughter, who you know, Isaac.
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We stopped by the press room Say hello and every usher on our way.
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Fans stop in the media room, Get our stats walked out of misery Flock room.
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Say Arlo is maybe visit the heat locker room, then head up to the family lounge.
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Little wind down time all the traffic clears and then make the drive home and get ready to do the same thing.
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You know, 80 times a season.
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And that's what makes all professional MBA broadcasters are all any sport.
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That's what makes your pro just like the players you gotta be ready to to do your best every single night.
00:22:42
Okay, well, Sam asked one question.
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I know we want to ask about you walking in Boston, but I just want to put a thought out there.
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I'm Tony Fiorentino.
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Last game.
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I hold your emotion because you've been with him a long time.
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I hold your emotion on how good of friends you are sitting next to each other employees Barkley announcing in color, announcing.
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So I remember how special it was to you, huh? Can you? Let's see.
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I'm trying to see if you go see Tony right there.
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Right next.
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Yeah.
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And, uh, here's a Here's another one.
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I don't know if you guys were old enough to remember this man, Can you say Jack Ramsey work with Dr Jack for eight years? But that was before you got.
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That was probably before any of you guys were born.
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That was in the nineties.
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So, Sam, before you go on to grant first questions, I'm saying, why don't you ask him about him walking in Boston as a broadcaster? Yeah, sure.
00:23:50
Well, I I did have to bring it up, Eric, because I am a diehard Boston sports fan.
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I've been living in Massachusetts all my life of two years and ah, yes.
00:24:01
So I was I was doing some research on you and you did.
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You did work for Nessen and did pre and postgame shows for the Red Sox.
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You also commentate some pasta box game of games.
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I believe you'd Providence college basketball as well.
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So you're definitely familiar with, uh, with the the area that I live in with, you know, Boston Sports.
00:24:21
And so can you just detail a little bit of how your time was here in Boston before you, of course, went on to be the heat announcer in, You know, just the earlier stages of your sportscasting career.
00:24:35
Thank you for the question.
00:24:36
I'm a native of New York State.
00:24:38
I grew up in Massapequa, Long Island with the school a difficult college, and got really fortunate while I was significant because it's funny.
00:24:48
My my sop****re year.
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I go to a Cornell game Cornell basketball game.
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Try to make this a short story.
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Cornell is in the same town since college, so Cornell is playing pen Pen was the best team in the league at that time.
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I got a buddy of mine who had a car to drive me overto t Cornell the watch back in and that night I saw on Ithaca College senior and the Cornell radio booth W H C radio, and he was doing the color on that gay.
00:25:13
And immediately after the game, I raced over to him and I said, What do you do it? He said, I got it with those, of course, significant college called Radio Workshop.
00:25:22
And if you get an internship, you could get academic credit.
00:25:25
That was his internship.
00:25:26
He did the color on the Cornell Home Games, and he got academic credit for Russia.
00:25:31
Who hired you for that? He said.
00:25:33
The play by play guy has the news director at the station, So I said, Would you introduce me to right on the spot He introduces me to that day was a senior.
00:25:41
He wasn't coming back, so he had no problem.
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I have a quick talk with the news director and play by play guys and meet me in my office.
00:25:48
Next week we meet, he says.
00:25:50
I'll give you the court Abascal internship.
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If you stay up over the summer and do a news internship, I said Absolute.
00:25:56
So now it's my junior year difficult, and I'm getting ready to do the color on 15 Cornell home games.
00:26:01
You know what happens.
00:26:02
I'm home on Thanksgiving break and my phone rings, and the general manager of the radio station says, I can't do the game of the season opener at Syracuse.
00:26:12
Can you make it upto the This was before the camera a moment.
00:26:16
Could you make it up to Manly feel? That's to do the game? And I did.
00:26:19
And I did the game by myself, and I did one other game.
00:26:22
Cornell at Niagara by myself.
00:26:24
Remember, I'm a junior at Ithaca College and I got to do two games play but making a long story short.
00:26:31
By the time I was a senior, I did the Cornell Road games by myself and was the color man for the home games.
00:26:37
When I graduated, the GM of that station, who had done Corneau football for 30 years, decided to retire.
00:26:45
And lo and behold, he hires me to be the play by play voice recording football, Cornell basketball and Cornell lacrosse and become a sports director of this radio station.
00:26:55
And that became my my first job.
00:26:57
Remember, I made 10 11 and $12,000 a year in those three years and I cannot.
00:27:03
Pat Riley calls at the innocent climb, and it was certainly a beautiful launch point for me to be beginning my career.
00:27:10
That was back in the late seventies from Mayor.
00:27:12
I got the job in Providence, Providence College basketball at A W G A M radio, and three years into that, I picked up my first ever TV assignment again.
00:27:24
Another freaky thing.
00:27:26
I see a little blurb in The Boston Herald saying Nessen is gonna cover New England college lacrosse for the game of the week.
00:27:32
So I thought to myself, How many guys have done across, you know, back then, this was This was mid eighties.
00:27:39
It was before ESPN was televising college drop.
00:27:42
So I pick up the phone.
00:27:44
This would never happen today.
00:27:45
You can't get through on the phone call anymore.
00:27:47
I got through to the general manager of Nesson.
00:27:49
I pitched myself over the phone.
00:27:51
Did you play by play on their New England College lacrosse package? They told me they had a play by play guy.
00:27:56
I said, All right, best a lot.
00:27:58
You know, That's awaken here in getting well.
00:28:00
A week later, I got a call back from the from the producer That's gonna do the New England College lacrosse game of the week, but he's one of the top executives of ESPN.
00:28:10
Mac.
00:28:11
That was his first job out of it at a Syracuse, but he hires me over the telephone.
00:28:15
When the great Sean McDonough, who was penciled in to do the lacrosse game of the week he was too busy.
00:28:21
So I think the 300 bucks again that gig became mine.
00:28:25
It was my first step in the television.
00:28:28
I did the 10 or 12 New England college lacrosse games, and after that, Nessen had an opening and hired me to do the free pregame show for the Red Sox.
00:28:36
And instead of doing Brown University football on radio, they offered me Boston College football on TV in addition to my Providence basketball on radio.
00:28:44
I was doing Big East games.
00:28:46
I'm guessing on television and Paul Sox games, and it opened up a whole different world TV Baseball on some great opportunities, always be thankful to a gentleman named Bob White Law.
00:28:59
You really gave me that opportunity and John Claiborne and Nessen all those many years ago, so six great years in New England.
00:29:07
Three of those great year for in Boston.
00:29:09
Much respect to the sports fans there and the great tradition of all of their teams and also got to do Boston Cons. Football.
00:29:16
Which back in those days, Jack Bicknell was the coach? I miss Doug Flutie, but I had Darren Flutie.
00:29:23
I had a choice.
00:29:24
Trafford's John Boza, Kelvin Martin, guys that went on a long NFL career.
00:29:29
So it was.
00:29:30
It was a really fun, rewarding experiences.
00:29:34
So I go, guys, you got to hear a little bit of ah, however agreed story, because remember, your first job does announcing the heat pat right? They don't look at that, and that's how they hire you.
00:29:45
So, Grant, thank you for waiting patiently.
00:29:47
What's your question for? Ever? Agreed? You know, I actually have a couple once kind of more like What was your memory? That someone just kind of like a question? I guess we could.
00:29:58
Which of the like kind of like whatever question first, basically, at this just interesting question I had no whatever you want to call obtaining, that's not Miami.
00:30:09
That kind of like, you know what? What do you think? Question Well, I Every single night, I walk into every single building I got.
00:30:17
I still get a tingle and feel blessed that, you know, this is how we earn our living.
00:30:22
So I enjoy every one of them.
00:30:25
And now that we're all sidelined with, you know, with this Corona virus virus thing, sweeping the world makes you appreciate it even more, doesn't it? But if I had to pick one arena other than the beautiful American Airlines Arena in Miami, which way? We've been fortunate enough to call home for all these years.
00:30:41
But after, say, Madison Square Door, you know, I grew up.
00:30:45
In fact, I'm gonna show you this picture right here.
00:30:50
That is a picture of Dave the bush you're shooting at shot at Madison Square Garden.
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I'm in the background.
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I'm in the background with my dad.
00:31:00
I was probably high school at the time, but that was my first experience of pro basketball.
00:31:06
I was fortunate to have a dad that was crazy about pro basketball, a huge Knicks fan.
00:31:11
So from the time I was six or seven, I was sitting at his side of jets games and it nicht Ganz.
00:31:16
I was there the night the Knicks won their first championship in May of 1970.
00:31:22
I was there for hundreds of games, so that was my first life in the MBA.
00:31:26
The heat has been my second.
00:31:28
But every single time I go back to that building, I find, you know, look at that picture That helps me rekindle exactly where my dad's seats, what, by the way, we're like 12 rows behind the basket.
00:31:41
The tickets were $7.
00:31:42
50 a ticket, and back then that was considered expensive.
00:31:47
And I was shocked that my dad, you know, had season tickets to the to the next.
00:31:52
And I always go back before every heat next game, and I sit in the approximate area that that feels like what were my seats, and I take a couple of minutes.
00:32:02
I, uh, connect with my dad.
00:32:04
My dad died the year before I got the job in Miami, so he died 33 years ago, and the last thing he got to experience with me, he he opened the door of basketball.
00:32:14
For me, as as a kid.
00:32:16
The last thing we experienced together was when the Providence college game I was working for went to the Final Four in 1987.
00:32:24
My dad passed away maybe a month after that, But that taught me so many lessons because even at his late stage of his illness and win, when Providence had this unlikely run to the Final Four, it gave him inspiration.
00:32:37
They didn't feel like miracles could happen.
00:32:40
It did it for him.
00:32:41
But that's what sports does for people.
00:32:43
And so the Garden holds so many dear memories, and I really take a deep breath and soak it all in every time I go back there.
00:32:52
Wow, that is awesome.
00:32:54
And my and my second question was, what was going through your mind when you were comforting your 2/1000 career game? Of course, Big milestone.
00:33:02
Done a great job, but I was going to remind you coming 2000 game.
00:33:06
Just do the game.
00:33:07
Well, not much more, you know.
00:33:11
I hope you believe this.
00:33:12
I'm humble for sure by nature.
00:33:14
So you know, I'm a guy that's used to putting the spotlight on others as I call these games.
00:33:19
I'm really talking about the players.
00:33:21
The coaches believe the game, you know, more than I ever talk about myself? Sometimes you do.
00:33:28
You know, we I think, over doing 75 games a year for a team.
00:33:32
You do allow your personality to come out.
00:33:35
Whether you want to or not.
00:33:36
It comes out sometimes you talk about personal things so fans can feel like they get to know you better.
00:33:43
But mostly it's about others.
00:33:44
So when the spotlight gets turned to yourself and all these things for Commemorating your 1000 or 2000 game, it's comfortable and a little uncomfortable, but thoroughly appreciated and enjoyable.
00:33:57
Like I still got those two basketballs that the heat gave me for 1000 and 2000 games, and I hope I could have another one for 3000.
00:34:07
Yeah, what do you right now? What number? I don't know.
00:34:11
20 2100.
00:34:14
I have toe every year.
00:34:16
I look at the end and how many games I've done to the next year's meeting here.
00:34:21
You're definitely a great now, and so they eat me to keep you.
00:34:24
But, uh, you know, things would have gone up if this crude device we don't know if he's gonna go straight to the playoffs or what but, uh, yeah, I Grant you have any more questions? Uh, no, That was it.
00:34:38
Okay.
00:34:39
Yep.
00:34:40
So before you wrap it up to last question, so I You are So this this, however great if you guys don't know besides being a play by play announcer and what many people think he just does.
00:34:50
I remember you used to do inside the heat, Jos.
00:34:53
I think Jason Jackson does that now.
00:34:55
And you do the best.
00:34:56
You retire, we post. We both do.
00:34:59
We both.
00:35:02
D'oh! Yeah, because I remember you.
00:35:04
You did.
00:35:05
And then also, Jason Jackson does it.
00:35:06
You know, you've got a new inside the heat coming out within another week or two.
00:35:12
And it's about Dwyane Wade and and the weekend we had for him in Miami this year, a three part weekend when he got his jersey retired.
00:35:19
But I think I'm gonna have to run, so let's try to wrap it up.
00:35:22
We can Yep, yep. Sorry.
00:35:25
So last question is he overview of this season.
00:35:29
Obviously great team they keep in.
00:35:31
I love what they're doing.
00:35:32
Obviously aimed for the folk scene, but no, the bucks are great.
00:35:35
He great season. So far.
00:35:37
What do you think the heat overview is? And, uh, what do you think's gonna happen in the playoffs? I hope there are playoffs.
00:35:43
You know, that would be a great sign for our society and a great time for the league.
00:35:47
I'm sure Adam Silver will take the intelligent route to that moment, and we hope we get there.
00:35:53
I hope they get a chance to compete in the playoffs.
00:35:56
And he earned it.
00:35:57
They went 41 24.
00:35:59
It was a great year ahead of schedule.
00:36:01
I am out of Bio Duncan Robinson, Tyler, hero Hendrik None.
00:36:05
This young nucleus that rose up to support Jimmy Butler and then, late in the season, acquiring your favorite player, Jae Crowder, along with 100 equal dollar to veterans who really help.
00:36:16
If we do get back to basketball, it'll be the strongest, a team we've seen all year.
00:36:21
Because the trade was made, Meyers Leonard would be healthy.
00:36:24
Hero would be fully back.
00:36:26
I won't make it a chance in what I look at as a wide open Eastern Conference.
00:36:31
And guys, that's all the time I got for tonight.
00:36:33
Okay? Yes.
00:36:35
We appreciate it.
00:36:38
Yeah, Oh, we're gonna wrap up this video as well.
00:36:41
So I went a few minutes late by Evergreen.
00:36:44
We really appreciate it.
00:36:45
This means so much to us.
00:36:46
We want the broadcasters, You audio broadcast.
00:36:50
Oh, I'm so happy to meet you. Have play by play Kansas.
00:36:53
So have you thought about back that photograph? I drank both Salmon Grant go to play after the camps in Boston, so they get to meet the Boston Celtics announcers and so on and so forth.
00:37:04
Anyway, thanks everyone for watching this special edition of the or sports talk show.
00:37:08
It means a lot to get someone.
00:37:09
So I specialize Eric Green on our show.
00:37:12
So air agreed.
00:37:14
Uh, say goodbye that I was dreaming.
00:37:16
What? We really appreciate it.
00:37:17
It means so much to us to have you on our show.
00:37:20
I listen to you so much, I'm heat.
00:37:22
Then I watch every king this season and hope to watch every playoff game and hopefully there.
00:37:30
Anyway, every queen, I want you to say goodbye to everyone.
00:37:33
And we just really appreciated you for being on him.
00:37:36
So the viewers did.
00:37:37
And getting to listen to your stories and your favorite heat moments.
00:37:41
Well, it wasn't that long ago.
00:37:43
Yes, it wasthe when I was a kid, just like you guys with dreams and goals and aspirations.
00:37:49
I know what that would have meant to me back then.
00:37:52
To be able to talk to somebody that's in the business and get a realistic slice of it.
00:37:55
So it was my pleasure to spend time with you guys.
00:37:58
I hope some other young broadcasters got to watch it, enjoy it and hopefully pick up something from.
00:38:03
That's why I told you some of the stories about how little things turn into little conversations can turn into big opportunities.
00:38:11
So I wish all of you the very best.
00:38:13
Stay healthy, stay well and stay on your course and try to live out your dreams.
00:38:19
Thank you.
00:38:20
So hi, saying I'll stay with your family, See broad castles and players use this time to spend time with your family No much times a year.
00:38:30
Um, bio Corey, Thank you.
00:38:32
Remove you from the street.
00:38:33
Really appreciate it.
00:38:34
Thank you so much.
00:38:36
And I hope to hear your voice a lot this year.
00:38:38
Hopefully more regular season games, but it seems like we better hopeful.
00:38:42
Clay off than not more than regular season to continue.
00:38:45
So seal it, Eric.
00:38:46
Very much appreciated.
00:38:48
Thank you so much.
00:38:53
So there you have it.
00:38:54
Ladies and gentlemen, Air agreed.
00:38:57
Miami play by play announcer.
00:38:59
It wasn't gonna have him on here then with the team since the beginning since the beginning.
00:39:04
And you're a very special moment. I'm glad.
00:39:07
Have money, hasn't he? Fan, I watch every game as you guys know when SportsCastr I commentate and do play by play almost every game.
00:39:15
And this, sometimes we have to meet him.
00:39:17
That's my job as an announcer here on SportsCastr to commentate.
00:39:21
But I listened to him a lot.
00:39:22
I hope to listen to him in the plants and again, he did a great job on here, as did both of you.
00:39:29
Great questions.
00:39:31
So, yeah.
00:39:32
I mean, uh, before we wrap this up overview, uh, how did you guys enjoy that order? You guys learned from that? We'll start with Grant.
00:39:40
Yeah, I mean, that was such an awesome experience.
00:39:43
I'm being like like Eric sent me.
00:39:47
It's just so great to know, like, that's a boat and, like, you know, taking it from like an actual person does.
00:39:53
It's almost every day.
00:39:54
I mean, it's just awesome that we're the gamblers showing I thoroughly enjoyed it.
00:39:58
I've definitely learned a lot, and, um, and I'd love to have back in the show.
00:40:02
Debut was a great guy.
00:40:05
Yeah, absolutely.
00:40:07
No doubt about it.
00:40:08
I mean, thanks so much, Isaac, for ah, for getting him to come on the show.
00:40:12
It was definitely a pleasure.
00:40:14
Just cool.
00:40:15
As Grant said, talking to a guy in the sports broadcasting business that's had a lot of success is, Well, just being able to talk with someone like him, you know, is such an honor to, you know, get some tips here since stories and, uh, yeah, I enjoyed it a lot.
00:40:31
That was a lot of fun.
00:40:33
Yeah, it was a lot of fun.
00:40:34
I really appreciated him for being on your So again, this sports talk show was just based on air.
00:40:40
Agreed, and it zoom to be based on him.
00:40:43
It takes a lot to get him on the show.
00:40:45
Um, he's very special.
00:40:46
Great.
00:40:47
He'll announce some but Sam, you got toe your Celtic spend.
00:40:51
But at least you found something that is related to you.
00:40:54
with an S and M.
00:40:55
And I grew right? Yeah.
00:40:57
You bought Boston a live in Boston again.
00:40:59
So, uh, you never hasn't worked with messing as well? So you got Bob.
00:41:04
I was happy to hear that as well.
00:41:06
Yeah.
00:41:07
Yep.
00:41:08
So both of you.
00:41:09
And yes.
00:41:10
So that's gonna have up this video.
00:41:11
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00:41:59
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00:42:04
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00:42:06
Yeah.
00:42:07
So you're one of us were posted, But anyway, so you want to hear up to get news stories? I will streams.
00:42:13
This was a great dream.
00:42:15
We're gonna promote this after this game after this broadcast, we had a great time here on sports cash.
00:42:20
We're gonna wrap up this video ever great again.
00:42:23
He'd play by play announcer since the beginning was on this show as a guest speaker.
00:42:30
We really appreciate it.
00:42:31
He said a lot.
00:42:32
A lot of great stories about his heat career broadcasting girl.
00:42:36
And yes, so we'll bring it overto grab.
00:42:39
And to wrap up this video it again.
00:42:42
We all have appreciated era.
00:42:44
Great for being on the show.
00:42:48
Yeah, well, actually, I just want, say, Isaac the way how I think you talkto or the way you feel about when you hear Eric re commentate.
00:42:55
Aiken tells very familiar to me, you know, watching a lot of Bruins games on this, and I feel like the same way.
00:43:00
Oh, I listen to Jack Edwards Commentate, actually.
00:43:03
So, uh, that's very cool.
00:43:05
I know it probably reach for him to be on the show, but you know that would be great.
00:43:09
Offer me and after Sam as well.
00:43:10
I mean, he's want my idols.
00:43:12
Why? You know, I I inspired be a sports broadcaster.
00:43:15
Needy.
00:43:16
Also got me in the hockey quite a bit, but anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed it once.
00:43:19
Get angry.
00:43:20
Just such a such a nice guy.
00:43:22
Um, you know, like I said, he's been a great commentaries booth East since the beginning.
00:43:28
He's great, commentator, And it was awesome to get Adam on the show, and I had a lot of fun.
00:43:33
The I'll toss over to you, Sam.
00:43:35
But, man, what a great experience.
00:43:38
Yes.
00:43:39
Thanks, Grant. Absolutely.
00:43:40
What a great experience it was.
00:43:42
Thank you so much.
00:43:43
Ties it for ah, for ah, getting air.
00:43:46
Agreed to come on the show.
00:43:47
Thank you so much, toe.
00:43:48
Eric Reed for coming on our show.
00:43:50
And yeah, just Ah, yeah.
00:43:53
What? What a nice guy he is.
00:43:54
It was a pleasure to meet him virtually, uh, which is all we can do, obviously during this corona virus pandemic.
00:44:02
But yeah, it was cool.
00:44:04
Um, how Isaac met him at play by play camps and and therefore ah, that they had already met each other.
00:44:09
And yeah, but But still, you know, just the three teenagers here aspiring to be sports broadcaster is I'm not sure every every It's not even close to every sports broadcaster in the business.
00:44:21
Would be willing toe to take time out of their day to do this.
00:44:24
But Eric Reid was willing to do that, and it was such a pleasure.
00:44:28
Thio talk with him and and just, you know, get some insight here. Some stories.
00:44:33
This was this was a great stream, no doubt about it.
00:44:35
And once again, thank you so much.
00:44:37
Air agreed for joining.
00:44:39
It was it was a blast tonight.
00:44:42
Yes, thank you, Sam.
00:44:43
And thank you, Grant, for coming on you on a poor, but Oh, like Grant and Sam.
00:44:51
What are you going? I agree.
00:44:53
Thank you so much for coming on.
00:44:55
So Hey, let's himself Anybody don't like him.
00:45:00
It wasn't out of the family.
00:45:04
Eric, That's enough.
00:45:05
Come on.
00:45:06
The show he put out.
00:45:07
So if you watch it, you know him.
00:45:08
Why did he hide that? You know? Hey, look, a joint waiting.
00:45:12
I like you're here.
00:45:14
My boys might think about because I hear on the most that football.
00:45:19
The 16 games, right? So, yeah, I watch a lot of Dolphins, Patriots hands and jump up.
00:45:25
I probably, you know, a lot goes.
00:45:27
He does like the special games and football games.
00:45:31
On Thursday night.
00:45:33
I was watching, but that's only 16 games.
00:45:34
The heat, a long season.
00:45:37
He doesn't have three.
00:45:39
A mother's work aboard.
00:45:42
I have before, but he just look every castle.
00:45:47
Thank you for coming out about this.
00:45:50
Bye.
00:45:51
This natural just based on Eric recovers.
00:45:54
Hey, that's what Here Because it was a great tree.
00:45:58
But you his salmon Don't we video you all for being here on sports talk show? We'll have another audition this weekend.
00:46:10
This one was a struggle.
00:46:11
And by the way, this one.
00:46:16
And for the best Oh, so I'm gonna be the best.
00:46:20
Hopefully, what was evil? More by.
00:46:22
Eric would like it broadcasting, but that's even better.
00:46:26
People on the show and you're gonna that's as good as this one's bay.
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looking forward to a very special show tonight.
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Yes.
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Hello, everybody.
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I'm ref work from fluster SportsZone.
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Welcome back to another SportsCastr and men.
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Oh, man. Yes.
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Like Sam said, we are so excited I've ever agreed on the show.
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I'm really looking forward to it.
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I know he's been a great competition for so many years, and it's gonna be awesome to interview him and ask him some questions.
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And I hope you guys enjoy the stream Toss over to you, Isaac.
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I'm looking forward to it.
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Okay, so yeah, let's introduce.
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Well, we've all been waiting for this show Special guests when I mean special.
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What? You hear How specially is Miami? He play by play announcer.
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Also, if you watch my need highlights If you watch Miami, he games nine on ESPN.
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Not in the place, by the way.
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Unfortunately, this is not the guy who broadcasted Ray Allen shot.
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If it was, he would be even more famous.
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But now I'm the only broadcast the first round of the playoffs. But here it is.
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Play by play announcer Oh, put the Miami Heat special guest, Eric Reid.
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Let's introduce him right now.
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Gentlemen, A pleasure to be on with all of you.
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Isaac and your two guests hosts Isaac, even though I didn't call it on live TV.
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But Ray Allen's game time shot in Game six, I did actually call it for all the playoff games.
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We don't televise on Fox Sports, son.
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The Miami Heat has me do it sort of into a tape machine.
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They record it and they use it for the archives.
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So even though most people hurt Mike Brains terrific call, I didn't get the opportunity to make that call in and all the others threw them up. The heats.
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Four trips.
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That's four straight trips to the finals and obviously the back to back championships.
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Yep.
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So we're happy to have ever agreed on how we're gonna get started.
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So we're gonna ask him questions he's gonna tell us about his broadcasting crew on again.
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He knows a lot about the heat.
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He's been with the heat since the beginning.
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You could name any heat, Claire.
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You he will tell you about them.
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Hopefully and, uh, probably most players in the N B A.
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So we're gonna get started with our questions.
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And my first question for you is how a broadcast Those like you and, uh, basketball teams such as the mind heat getting through this condo buyers.
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So obviously, right now on the probably the regular season would have been over.
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If I'm not wrong, everyone will be broadcasting.
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Right now.
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He's gunning to spend time with his family.
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And, yeah, I mean, probably broadcast practice looking at replays of games.
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So that's what I'm asking you.
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What have you been doing to keep busy join this crony Bryce, and what have you been doing related to the N B. A.
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And one.
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How basketball teams are being doing well.
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Fast ball teams haven't been doing much other than trying to stay fit and stay connected.
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I can't speak with authority on the over 29 teams.
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I know what the heat is doing.
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They're doing almost daily video fitness workouts with our terrific strength and conditioning coach Eric Karan.
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There there get connecting with the coaching staff several times a week on.
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They're trying to stay fit and stay connected.
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That's metal.
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You can do and say, Listen as physically ready without being on the court and mentally ready to not check out and think even though it feels like the off season don't act like it's the off season yet, especially if you're a player for me.
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I'm like every Michael you guys out there take it one day at a time, trying to be patient and prudent and say throughout this whole thing.
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I'm at home in Boca Raton, Florida, with my wife and my daughter.
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I have two older Children that live in New York City, and we're all doing the same thing.
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Is every other American right now just trying to stay safe in terms of saying, Ready for the N. B.
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A.
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I am watching a lot of Miami heat replays.
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Fox Sports Son Down here in South Florida.
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We aired, I don't know, maybe 15 weeks, every night of a regular season game that we miss.
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We have substituted one of the better heat wins this year.
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SOS was sort of cool.
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Look to check back in on our team early in the season when we won at Milwaukee, won in overtime at Toronto, one at Philadelphia, one at Indiana.
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So, you know, for a lot of the season, the Heat were beating just that every Eastern Conference contender except one.
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I know one of your host will be happy when I tell you this.
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Boston was the one team that Miami was not feet in the regular season, or at least what we saw.
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But listen right now, the regular season would be over.
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We'd be getting ready for Round one and Game one for so much of this season.
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It wasn't so much a question with the Heat.
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Make the playoffs.
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We were in the top four almost the whole season.
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We got as high as two, maybe as low as five or six.
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But for most of the time, we were number four.
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When the season got suspended on March 11th Miami at a true gamely on Indiana and Philadelphia.
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The Heat also owned the tie breaker advantage, having won the season series with both those teams.
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But keep in mind, they had two games left with Indiana with a two Oli.
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So it was all about trying to obtain home court advantage in the first round.
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That was really the Heat's regular season mission.
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And I'll tell you the truth.
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There were two teams that that home court mattered to more than any two ****ytic and they were both in the East, Philadelphia and Miami.
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If you look at it, they were two of the best home teams in the league all year, and both were below average on the road.
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So I thought for those two particular homecourt meant a ton.
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And now, if we're lucky enough to get the playoffs sometime later this summer, there's not gonna be a home court.
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It would likely be played in a neutral setting.
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So I hope you get to that point.
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I hope we get to that point.
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So we're just staying ready and stay careful and trying to stay healthy. Guys.
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Yeah. So you said.
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I mean, we don't know what this **** of ice is gonna play effect in the n b.
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A.
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We don't know if it's gonna resume without no fans in the crowd.
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But again, neutral sites.
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If there's no fans, that it's correct.
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But yes, So we're gonna show you up.
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My two I picked out to, uh, short clips of Eric Green's Best cause.
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One is 10 seconds.
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This is my favorite Dwyane Wade's buzzer beater against Golden State.
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So this clip, you can hear his voice.
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You can see if you recognize him.
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If you watch some crazy don't kind of life, you see Donald Jones Jr.
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And now you may be here.
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Evergreens are voiced or just any heat up late.
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So we're gonna share the screen on here.
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We're gonna get this Dwayne Wade highlight on the screen.
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So, uh, let's show you this.
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That's a 12th clip.
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So sure you guys can wait.
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So here it iss This is against Golden State.
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The heat are down by 2125 2023 7.
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9 seconds left.
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Let's show you what happens.
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Let's put this on full screen way.
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Look here on your own.
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So I video wasn't plank, but we heard his voice.
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But we're gonna show it one more time.
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Just the 1st 10 seconds of it.
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And yet joins buzzer beater thistles.
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Evergreen Broadcasting it because he could things rock here.
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Waiters, little chopping my best.
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Yeah, it is.
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They're So I was gonna get that to work, but yes.
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Oh, that is, uh, all right.
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We couldn't get that door, but we heard his voice, and that's all that matters.
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I'm sure you guys remember that play.
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Dwayne Wade's shot got blocked by up the Golden State.
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And I just put it up on on balance on balance shot.
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So we're gonna leave that to the next question.
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What is your favorite heat moment for May? I watched that game.
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My dad called me into his office.
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I was already sleeping on a school night.
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I believe I'm anyway, So my dad called me into the room and, uh, he was like, Oh, my God, there's a few seconds that Golden State's the best team in the league.
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He do about to beat them 20.
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I love close games, and he'd have gotten into a lot of the most overtime wins.
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Most overtime games in the N B A.
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But, Eric, what would you say is your favorite heat moment? Never gonna go on to grant for his question to you.
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All right, I know your two guys have probably waiting patiently to get their questions in.
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You know, I've done over 2000 regular season heat games.
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I was at all the championship game, so the pick just one is very difficult.
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But for the sake of your question and your show, I am gonna pick one and it would be the last game of of Dwyane Wade's career.
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Remember, it was the second night of a back to back to end the season.
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The Heat at blown out Philadelphia.
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The night earlier, Wade scored 30 and its final game ever played in Miami and then injured his knee after the game when he hot done to the scores.
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Table it in jubilation right in front of us, By the way, Now we've applied a Brooklyn that night, and that was that was a premier moment to see.
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Wade closes his envy a career in Miami with a 30 point game.
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So we fly to Brooklyn that night, get up the next day, and now we know the Heat are not going to the playoffs.
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And guys all year long was, it was about the Heat make the playoffs, and with about a week left in the season, we were eliminated, and it was only then that I realized that the gift of two years ago was not making the playoffs.
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It was watching Dwayne Way finish his career in a heat uniform, so we come to his last game in Brooklyn.
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It at Brooklyn should have been a coronation for a next team that was headed to the playoffs.
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I felt like there were more Heat fans at the Barclay treasure that night and what happens on a bad knee that almost kept him out of the game.
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Dwayne Wade finished his career with this final game, and he had a triple double, only the fourth of his career, and he needed one more assists with 24 seconds left.
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And it's one of my favorite calls ever because wait is handling the ball on the top of the circle.
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We're on the right wing and we all know he needs one assist for a triple double.
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There's under 30 seconds left.
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And as I'm calling the game and I'm watching four players just standing around while weights handling the boss that somebody and nobody did cut and after the game, by the way, Coach Spoelstra told me I was saying the same thing when you said that.
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But anyway, way throws a ball, the has him at the top of the circle and it's become iconic picture for us in South Florida, as has, um rises up with this 15 foot jumper and remember Dwayne and you don ist connected by the hit for their whole careers.
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A CZ great teammates and leaders of Heat Nation.
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And even as he's releasing the shop wait, turns his back and walks down the court with his hand outstretched and, of course, has made the shot one of his very few screw bores the whole season.
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And I called it the perfect ending for Dwyane Wade's career, getting a triple double in his final game and his best friend and his longtime co captain and teammate.
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You don assassin, as I always say, you donit you did it, and that was really a magnificent, ceiling telling, finishing act of the great future Hall of Fame career for going with.
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And it's not, as you always said, it's what you said on that moment, and I'm gonna try this one more time.
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I'm gonna show the second video now here it is.
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Your favorite game is what I was gonna say is my favorite game that you broadcast it.
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I watched that Hogan.
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It's Dwayne Wade's last game.
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You have to watch it.
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Gwen, Wait.
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Iconic player of the all right LeBron James is probably the best player on heat history.
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But Dwayne Wade has been there the longest besides you.
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D and to connect to your these.
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We're gonna show this, and we're gonna bring it over to Grant and Sam.
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But yes, I'm glad you picked that game.
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Hopefully it won't this time.
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Well, Lena, show 10 and seconds of this.
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This is the play that brain way connected to you.
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D to get the triple double off in his last Curiel game.
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And you think that a lot of playing time? It was only right for him to do.
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Let's see if we can get this on here.
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It's on.
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Mute it. There we go.
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Assisting.
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So, uh, there it is.
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It did. It didn't buffer there.
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I was nervous that I didn't.
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You don't think you did it? That was the iconic moment.
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And, yes, I didn't remember that.
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You said that someone cuts, but yeah, Eric, that's my favorite moment.
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You called.
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And of course, you mean every moment I love you.
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Call of every heat play, but especially the close games.
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It's exciting.
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And, um, we're gonna bring it over to Brandon.
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Sam.
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But after they go, I'm gonna ask you one.
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That's question I just want to close off that segment by saying at the end of that game as we're signing off, it's the last broadcast of the season and it's of course, the last time he fans gonna see wait and heat uniforms and over some video of Dwayne, I said, I said something.
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The effect of thank you, thank you doesn't seem like enough.
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It's more like we love you.
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And, uh, you don't plan something like that out. It just comes out.
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And really, I knew going into those final two games that they be two of the biggest two of the most memorable broadcast of my long career doing this and you know it's ironic about it.
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We the Miami Heat one of Southeast Regional Emmy, a word for that telecast and our executive producer, Ted Ballad, when he put in the nomination for submitted when he submitted the entry, he submitted Dwayne Wade's name as well, because he was such a big part of that telecast and we ended up winning the award for best best best telecast of a sporting event that year in the Southeast region, and we present it Dwayne with his any during a game this season the night we retired his jersey.
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So it's such a emotional, wonderful weekend night.
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And when we surprised Dwayne and handed in his M B, he held it up.
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He was proud of it.
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It was a new, emotional, spontaneous reaction for him, and I was happy for that moment because to me, I've been honored, unfortunately, to have won 17 Emmy Awards, and I think that one means the most to me because it sort of, you know, a little trophy that will make you think of how blessed we were to two of, uh, had our career touch by Dwayne Weapon Doing basketball For over 40 years, I've never been with a player longer than I've been with Dwayne and you, Donna.
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Sounds on that you don.
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It's all 16 years with the Heat, Dwayne 14.
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5 of a 16 with Miami.
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That's a long time to be around an athlete.
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I know. One thing's for sure.
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He he sure did do a lot for my career because he gave me some unbelievable moments to be a part of it and broadcasts and at the end of it all, you realized wow my my voice serves as, ah, big part of the soundtrack, one of the great careers for one of the greatest players to ever play in the n b.
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A.
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So it's meaningful now that it's all said and done.
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Yeah, so we're gonna go to Sam on his question to you.
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But my my last question and this applies to all three of us me, salmon grant.
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We watch each other's streams, and we all admit to it, We have a hard time when crazy place happen.
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Get too excited with Scream.
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We get excited.
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We're humans.
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We can't help it, but you as a broadcast or you broadcasted tons of close moments.
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Close games, playoff games, Tyler hero Dwayne Wade's clutch threes.
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How do you keep calm? So we'll save that for the hand.
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That's the cloak Dan.
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Anyone who's watching wants to be a broadcast or anyone on SportsCastr Twitter.
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That will mean a lot, but we're going to San.
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What is your question for mine? Heat play by play announcer or evergreen? Yes, you're a Well, I have plenty of questions, like I'm sure both of you as well, but the one that I really want to know.
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Eric, if you don't mind sharing with us on a on a typical game day, I'll go with the home game.
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So on.
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For Miami Heat home game on daily game.
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Say it's a 7 30 tip off.
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Well, can you just take us through How? That how the day goes for you from when you wake up in the morning all the way to one get home? And what what the preparation is going into the game? You know, it's almost like from from action.
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It's a great question.
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I think your game day prep starts before game day for May it it better I I like to have two days to prepare for each game on you and you wonder, How do you do that when there's back to backs, you gotta work ahead.
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Um, I have a viable routine that I go through it just within arm's reach.
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I happen to have ah, lineup card that I use.
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I don't know if you can see it, but that's what I have on the front of the card, and all that list is the games of that night, and some notes and serious notes right there and then you open up this monstrosity of a thing that now some of its computerized, Yes, and some of it's not.
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But it takes me hours to get this done.
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I do it for every game, and that's only part of the preparation.
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But anyway, so I'm finishing up that sharp on game day.
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You know, it's a broadcaster.
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Each one of us know those what level of prep we want to fill our tank up to it.
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For me, that's full overtime.
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So I'm gonna get that sheep done, which is gonna tell me what each players averaging in all their statistical areas, what they did in their last game, what they did against the opponent the last time we played them.
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Both teams records, both teams stats.
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I have nuggets on all 30 players that that might appear in that game and all sorts of teen notes as well.
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Then, at about one o'clock, we have a conference call with our producer or director, my color ****yst John Crotty or courtside reporter Jason Jackson.
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Um, whoever may be doing the pre game show that night and we talk about ideas the director or the producer will tell us what Roland's he has. Ready.
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Ah, available for that night's telecast, John Prodi and myself will have already given ideas.
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You know, earlier calls will have already talked to our producer and say, Hey, we think this match up.
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We want to focus on that.
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We want to look at Duncan Robinson's three point streak.
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We want to look at how well Kendrick now.
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So we'll have different things that we think we want to talk about.
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And then I would believe my house.
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I would say it about 3 30 I live about 45 minutes to an hour from Miami, so generally I'm in my car by 3 30 to get into the arena by 4 30 Um, I sit up in the family lounge at the arena with some other broadcasters, including my longtime partner, Tony Fear into, You know, we've We've had dinner together.
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Emily Lounge before every heat home game for like, the last 17 years.
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It's it's incredible and even know Tony's not on the crew anymore.
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We still enjoy our pregame dinner with.
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Then we go down and get to hear both coaches, Um, in a pregame press conference, we always get some private time with their expulsion, tre.
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And with I'd say, 60% of the opposing coaches, we get a little one on one time with them as well.
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Then maybe after that you might have time to talk to a player or two on each side.
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If there's a story you want to get their sound or opinion from, and then all of that is in your head, I've taken notes on what both coaches.
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That said.
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So I have so much information, I'm gonna only use a small percentage of it because here's a number one time you gotta be.
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You've got to be dedicated enough to prepare 100% for every game.
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But you gotta be justice dedicated to not force that information in.
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Just because you have just like a producer has to be careful.
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He might have five different rollings of different topics that he he thinks might be applicable.
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But here's the biggest side.
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The game tells us what to talk about, not the other way around.
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So that's why doing the same thing year after year, it still feels fresh because every night something different happens and it's how you respond to the spontaneity of the moment.
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That really dictates the kind of job you're doing.
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Yes, and that's it.
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You do the game, and then after the game, I know we're all creatures of habit.
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If it's a home game, you know my wife and daughter.
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If they're, they're gonna come down and see me after the game, will entertain a few guests, perhaps, and then I make the same walk with my with my 14 year old daughter, who you know, Isaac.
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We stopped by the press room Say hello and every usher on our way.
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Fans stop in the media room, Get our stats walked out of misery Flock room.
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Say Arlo is maybe visit the heat locker room, then head up to the family lounge.
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Little wind down time all the traffic clears and then make the drive home and get ready to do the same thing.
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You know, 80 times a season.
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And that's what makes all professional MBA broadcasters are all any sport.
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That's what makes your pro just like the players you gotta be ready to to do your best every single night.
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Okay, well, Sam asked one question.
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I know we want to ask about you walking in Boston, but I just want to put a thought out there.
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I'm Tony Fiorentino.
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Last game.
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I hold your emotion because you've been with him a long time.
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I hold your emotion on how good of friends you are sitting next to each other employees Barkley announcing in color, announcing.
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So I remember how special it was to you, huh? Can you? Let's see.
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I'm trying to see if you go see Tony right there.
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Right next.
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Yeah.
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And, uh, here's a Here's another one.
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I don't know if you guys were old enough to remember this man, Can you say Jack Ramsey work with Dr Jack for eight years? But that was before you got.
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That was probably before any of you guys were born.
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That was in the nineties.
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So, Sam, before you go on to grant first questions, I'm saying, why don't you ask him about him walking in Boston as a broadcaster? Yeah, sure.
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Well, I I did have to bring it up, Eric, because I am a diehard Boston sports fan.
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I've been living in Massachusetts all my life of two years and ah, yes.
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So I was I was doing some research on you and you did.
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You did work for Nessen and did pre and postgame shows for the Red Sox.
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You also commentate some pasta box game of games.
00:24:10
I believe you'd Providence college basketball as well.
00:24:14
So you're definitely familiar with, uh, with the the area that I live in with, you know, Boston Sports.
00:24:21
And so can you just detail a little bit of how your time was here in Boston before you, of course, went on to be the heat announcer in, You know, just the earlier stages of your sportscasting career.
00:24:35
Thank you for the question.
00:24:36
I'm a native of New York State.
00:24:38
I grew up in Massapequa, Long Island with the school a difficult college, and got really fortunate while I was significant because it's funny.
00:24:48
My my sop****re year.
00:24:49
I go to a Cornell game Cornell basketball game.
00:24:52
Try to make this a short story.
00:24:54
Cornell is in the same town since college, so Cornell is playing pen Pen was the best team in the league at that time.
00:25:00
I got a buddy of mine who had a car to drive me overto t Cornell the watch back in and that night I saw on Ithaca College senior and the Cornell radio booth W H C radio, and he was doing the color on that gay.
00:25:13
And immediately after the game, I raced over to him and I said, What do you do it? He said, I got it with those, of course, significant college called Radio Workshop.
00:25:22
And if you get an internship, you could get academic credit.
00:25:25
That was his internship.
00:25:26
He did the color on the Cornell Home Games, and he got academic credit for Russia.
00:25:31
Who hired you for that? He said.
00:25:33
The play by play guy has the news director at the station, So I said, Would you introduce me to right on the spot He introduces me to that day was a senior.
00:25:41
He wasn't coming back, so he had no problem.
00:25:44
I have a quick talk with the news director and play by play guys and meet me in my office.
00:25:48
Next week we meet, he says.
00:25:50
I'll give you the court Abascal internship.
00:25:52
If you stay up over the summer and do a news internship, I said Absolute.
00:25:56
So now it's my junior year difficult, and I'm getting ready to do the color on 15 Cornell home games.
00:26:01
You know what happens.
00:26:02
I'm home on Thanksgiving break and my phone rings, and the general manager of the radio station says, I can't do the game of the season opener at Syracuse.
00:26:12
Can you make it upto the This was before the camera a moment.
00:26:16
Could you make it up to Manly feel? That's to do the game? And I did.
00:26:19
And I did the game by myself, and I did one other game.
00:26:22
Cornell at Niagara by myself.
00:26:24
Remember, I'm a junior at Ithaca College and I got to do two games play but making a long story short.
00:26:31
By the time I was a senior, I did the Cornell Road games by myself and was the color man for the home games.
00:26:37
When I graduated, the GM of that station, who had done Corneau football for 30 years, decided to retire.
00:26:45
And lo and behold, he hires me to be the play by play voice recording football, Cornell basketball and Cornell lacrosse and become a sports director of this radio station.
00:26:55
And that became my my first job.
00:26:57
Remember, I made 10 11 and $12,000 a year in those three years and I cannot.
00:27:03
Pat Riley calls at the innocent climb, and it was certainly a beautiful launch point for me to be beginning my career.
00:27:10
That was back in the late seventies from Mayor.
00:27:12
I got the job in Providence, Providence College basketball at A W G A M radio, and three years into that, I picked up my first ever TV assignment again.
00:27:24
Another freaky thing.
00:27:26
I see a little blurb in The Boston Herald saying Nessen is gonna cover New England college lacrosse for the game of the week.
00:27:32
So I thought to myself, How many guys have done across, you know, back then, this was This was mid eighties.
00:27:39
It was before ESPN was televising college drop.
00:27:42
So I pick up the phone.
00:27:44
This would never happen today.
00:27:45
You can't get through on the phone call anymore.
00:27:47
I got through to the general manager of Nesson.
00:27:49
I pitched myself over the phone.
00:27:51
Did you play by play on their New England College lacrosse package? They told me they had a play by play guy.
00:27:56
I said, All right, best a lot.
00:27:58
You know, That's awaken here in getting well.
00:28:00
A week later, I got a call back from the from the producer That's gonna do the New England College lacrosse game of the week, but he's one of the top executives of ESPN.
00:28:10
Mac.
00:28:11
That was his first job out of it at a Syracuse, but he hires me over the telephone.
00:28:15
When the great Sean McDonough, who was penciled in to do the lacrosse game of the week he was too busy.
00:28:21
So I think the 300 bucks again that gig became mine.
00:28:25
It was my first step in the television.
00:28:28
I did the 10 or 12 New England college lacrosse games, and after that, Nessen had an opening and hired me to do the free pregame show for the Red Sox.
00:28:36
And instead of doing Brown University football on radio, they offered me Boston College football on TV in addition to my Providence basketball on radio.
00:28:44
I was doing Big East games.
00:28:46
I'm guessing on television and Paul Sox games, and it opened up a whole different world TV Baseball on some great opportunities, always be thankful to a gentleman named Bob White Law.
00:28:59
You really gave me that opportunity and John Claiborne and Nessen all those many years ago, so six great years in New England.
00:29:07
Three of those great year for in Boston.
00:29:09
Much respect to the sports fans there and the great tradition of all of their teams and also got to do Boston Cons. Football.
00:29:16
Which back in those days, Jack Bicknell was the coach? I miss Doug Flutie, but I had Darren Flutie.
00:29:23
I had a choice.
00:29:24
Trafford's John Boza, Kelvin Martin, guys that went on a long NFL career.
00:29:29
So it was.
00:29:30
It was a really fun, rewarding experiences.
00:29:34
So I go, guys, you got to hear a little bit of ah, however agreed story, because remember, your first job does announcing the heat pat right? They don't look at that, and that's how they hire you.
00:29:45
So, Grant, thank you for waiting patiently.
00:29:47
What's your question for? Ever? Agreed? You know, I actually have a couple once kind of more like What was your memory? That someone just kind of like a question? I guess we could.
00:29:58
Which of the like kind of like whatever question first, basically, at this just interesting question I had no whatever you want to call obtaining, that's not Miami.
00:30:09
That kind of like, you know what? What do you think? Question Well, I Every single night, I walk into every single building I got.
00:30:17
I still get a tingle and feel blessed that, you know, this is how we earn our living.
00:30:22
So I enjoy every one of them.
00:30:25
And now that we're all sidelined with, you know, with this Corona virus virus thing, sweeping the world makes you appreciate it even more, doesn't it? But if I had to pick one arena other than the beautiful American Airlines Arena in Miami, which way? We've been fortunate enough to call home for all these years.
00:30:41
But after, say, Madison Square Door, you know, I grew up.
00:30:45
In fact, I'm gonna show you this picture right here.
00:30:50
That is a picture of Dave the bush you're shooting at shot at Madison Square Garden.
00:30:58
I'm in the background.
00:30:59
I'm in the background with my dad.
00:31:00
I was probably high school at the time, but that was my first experience of pro basketball.
00:31:06
I was fortunate to have a dad that was crazy about pro basketball, a huge Knicks fan.
00:31:11
So from the time I was six or seven, I was sitting at his side of jets games and it nicht Ganz.
00:31:16
I was there the night the Knicks won their first championship in May of 1970.
00:31:22
I was there for hundreds of games, so that was my first life in the MBA.
00:31:26
The heat has been my second.
00:31:28
But every single time I go back to that building, I find, you know, look at that picture That helps me rekindle exactly where my dad's seats, what, by the way, we're like 12 rows behind the basket.
00:31:41
The tickets were $7.
00:31:42
50 a ticket, and back then that was considered expensive.
00:31:47
And I was shocked that my dad, you know, had season tickets to the to the next.
00:31:52
And I always go back before every heat next game, and I sit in the approximate area that that feels like what were my seats, and I take a couple of minutes.
00:32:02
I, uh, connect with my dad.
00:32:04
My dad died the year before I got the job in Miami, so he died 33 years ago, and the last thing he got to experience with me, he he opened the door of basketball.
00:32:14
For me, as as a kid.
00:32:16
The last thing we experienced together was when the Providence college game I was working for went to the Final Four in 1987.
00:32:24
My dad passed away maybe a month after that, But that taught me so many lessons because even at his late stage of his illness and win, when Providence had this unlikely run to the Final Four, it gave him inspiration.
00:32:37
They didn't feel like miracles could happen.
00:32:40
It did it for him.
00:32:41
But that's what sports does for people.
00:32:43
And so the Garden holds so many dear memories, and I really take a deep breath and soak it all in every time I go back there.
00:32:52
Wow, that is awesome.
00:32:54
And my and my second question was, what was going through your mind when you were comforting your 2/1000 career game? Of course, Big milestone.
00:33:02
Done a great job, but I was going to remind you coming 2000 game.
00:33:06
Just do the game.
00:33:07
Well, not much more, you know.
00:33:11
I hope you believe this.
00:33:12
I'm humble for sure by nature.
00:33:14
So you know, I'm a guy that's used to putting the spotlight on others as I call these games.
00:33:19
I'm really talking about the players.
00:33:21
The coaches believe the game, you know, more than I ever talk about myself? Sometimes you do.
00:33:28
You know, we I think, over doing 75 games a year for a team.
00:33:32
You do allow your personality to come out.
00:33:35
Whether you want to or not.
00:33:36
It comes out sometimes you talk about personal things so fans can feel like they get to know you better.
00:33:43
But mostly it's about others.
00:33:44
So when the spotlight gets turned to yourself and all these things for Commemorating your 1000 or 2000 game, it's comfortable and a little uncomfortable, but thoroughly appreciated and enjoyable.
00:33:57
Like I still got those two basketballs that the heat gave me for 1000 and 2000 games, and I hope I could have another one for 3000.
00:34:07
Yeah, what do you right now? What number? I don't know.
00:34:11
20 2100.
00:34:14
I have toe every year.
00:34:16
I look at the end and how many games I've done to the next year's meeting here.
00:34:21
You're definitely a great now, and so they eat me to keep you.
00:34:24
But, uh, you know, things would have gone up if this crude device we don't know if he's gonna go straight to the playoffs or what but, uh, yeah, I Grant you have any more questions? Uh, no, That was it.
00:34:38
Okay.
00:34:39
Yep.
00:34:40
So before you wrap it up to last question, so I You are So this this, however great if you guys don't know besides being a play by play announcer and what many people think he just does.
00:34:50
I remember you used to do inside the heat, Jos.
00:34:53
I think Jason Jackson does that now.
00:34:55
And you do the best.
00:34:56
You retire, we post. We both do.
00:34:59
We both.
00:35:02
D'oh! Yeah, because I remember you.
00:35:04
You did.
00:35:05
And then also, Jason Jackson does it.
00:35:06
You know, you've got a new inside the heat coming out within another week or two.
00:35:12
And it's about Dwyane Wade and and the weekend we had for him in Miami this year, a three part weekend when he got his jersey retired.
00:35:19
But I think I'm gonna have to run, so let's try to wrap it up.
00:35:22
We can Yep, yep. Sorry.
00:35:25
So last question is he overview of this season.
00:35:29
Obviously great team they keep in.
00:35:31
I love what they're doing.
00:35:32
Obviously aimed for the folk scene, but no, the bucks are great.
00:35:35
He great season. So far.
00:35:37
What do you think the heat overview is? And, uh, what do you think's gonna happen in the playoffs? I hope there are playoffs.
00:35:43
You know, that would be a great sign for our society and a great time for the league.
00:35:47
I'm sure Adam Silver will take the intelligent route to that moment, and we hope we get there.
00:35:53
I hope they get a chance to compete in the playoffs.
00:35:56
And he earned it.
00:35:57
They went 41 24.
00:35:59
It was a great year ahead of schedule.
00:36:01
I am out of Bio Duncan Robinson, Tyler, hero Hendrik None.
00:36:05
This young nucleus that rose up to support Jimmy Butler and then, late in the season, acquiring your favorite player, Jae Crowder, along with 100 equal dollar to veterans who really help.
00:36:16
If we do get back to basketball, it'll be the strongest, a team we've seen all year.
00:36:21
Because the trade was made, Meyers Leonard would be healthy.
00:36:24
Hero would be fully back.
00:36:26
I won't make it a chance in what I look at as a wide open Eastern Conference.
00:36:31
And guys, that's all the time I got for tonight.
00:36:33
Okay? Yes.
00:36:35
We appreciate it.
00:36:38
Yeah, Oh, we're gonna wrap up this video as well.
00:36:41
So I went a few minutes late by Evergreen.
00:36:44
We really appreciate it.
00:36:45
This means so much to us.
00:36:46
We want the broadcasters, You audio broadcast.
00:36:50
Oh, I'm so happy to meet you. Have play by play Kansas.
00:36:53
So have you thought about back that photograph? I drank both Salmon Grant go to play after the camps in Boston, so they get to meet the Boston Celtics announcers and so on and so forth.
00:37:04
Anyway, thanks everyone for watching this special edition of the or sports talk show.
00:37:08
It means a lot to get someone.
00:37:09
So I specialize Eric Green on our show.
00:37:12
So air agreed.
00:37:14
Uh, say goodbye that I was dreaming.
00:37:16
What? We really appreciate it.
00:37:17
It means so much to us to have you on our show.
00:37:20
I listen to you so much, I'm heat.
00:37:22
Then I watch every king this season and hope to watch every playoff game and hopefully there.
00:37:30
Anyway, every queen, I want you to say goodbye to everyone.
00:37:33
And we just really appreciated you for being on him.
00:37:36
So the viewers did.
00:37:37
And getting to listen to your stories and your favorite heat moments.
00:37:41
Well, it wasn't that long ago.
00:37:43
Yes, it wasthe when I was a kid, just like you guys with dreams and goals and aspirations.
00:37:49
I know what that would have meant to me back then.
00:37:52
To be able to talk to somebody that's in the business and get a realistic slice of it.
00:37:55
So it was my pleasure to spend time with you guys.
00:37:58
I hope some other young broadcasters got to watch it, enjoy it and hopefully pick up something from.
00:38:03
That's why I told you some of the stories about how little things turn into little conversations can turn into big opportunities.
00:38:11
So I wish all of you the very best.
00:38:13
Stay healthy, stay well and stay on your course and try to live out your dreams.
00:38:19
Thank you.
00:38:20
So hi, saying I'll stay with your family, See broad castles and players use this time to spend time with your family No much times a year.
00:38:30
Um, bio Corey, Thank you.
00:38:32
Remove you from the street.
00:38:33
Really appreciate it.
00:38:34
Thank you so much.
00:38:36
And I hope to hear your voice a lot this year.
00:38:38
Hopefully more regular season games, but it seems like we better hopeful.
00:38:42
Clay off than not more than regular season to continue.
00:38:45
So seal it, Eric.
00:38:46
Very much appreciated.
00:38:48
Thank you so much.
00:38:53
So there you have it.
00:38:54
Ladies and gentlemen, Air agreed.
00:38:57
Miami play by play announcer.
00:38:59
It wasn't gonna have him on here then with the team since the beginning since the beginning.
00:39:04
And you're a very special moment. I'm glad.
00:39:07
Have money, hasn't he? Fan, I watch every game as you guys know when SportsCastr I commentate and do play by play almost every game.
00:39:15
And this, sometimes we have to meet him.
00:39:17
That's my job as an announcer here on SportsCastr to commentate.
00:39:21
But I listened to him a lot.
00:39:22
I hope to listen to him in the plants and again, he did a great job on here, as did both of you.
00:39:29
Great questions.
00:39:31
So, yeah.
00:39:32
I mean, uh, before we wrap this up overview, uh, how did you guys enjoy that order? You guys learned from that? We'll start with Grant.
00:39:40
Yeah, I mean, that was such an awesome experience.
00:39:43
I'm being like like Eric sent me.
00:39:47
It's just so great to know, like, that's a boat and, like, you know, taking it from like an actual person does.
00:39:53
It's almost every day.
00:39:54
I mean, it's just awesome that we're the gamblers showing I thoroughly enjoyed it.
00:39:58
I've definitely learned a lot, and, um, and I'd love to have back in the show.
00:40:02
Debut was a great guy.
00:40:05
Yeah, absolutely.
00:40:07
No doubt about it.
00:40:08
I mean, thanks so much, Isaac, for ah, for getting him to come on the show.
00:40:12
It was definitely a pleasure.
00:40:14
Just cool.
00:40:15
As Grant said, talking to a guy in the sports broadcasting business that's had a lot of success is, Well, just being able to talk with someone like him, you know, is such an honor to, you know, get some tips here since stories and, uh, yeah, I enjoyed it a lot.
00:40:31
That was a lot of fun.
00:40:33
Yeah, it was a lot of fun.
00:40:34
I really appreciated him for being on your So again, this sports talk show was just based on air.
00:40:40
Agreed, and it zoom to be based on him.
00:40:43
It takes a lot to get him on the show.
00:40:45
Um, he's very special.
00:40:46
Great.
00:40:47
He'll announce some but Sam, you got toe your Celtic spend.
00:40:51
But at least you found something that is related to you.
00:40:54
with an S and M.
00:40:55
And I grew right? Yeah.
00:40:57
You bought Boston a live in Boston again.
00:40:59
So, uh, you never hasn't worked with messing as well? So you got Bob.
00:41:04
I was happy to hear that as well.
00:41:06
Yeah.
00:41:07
Yep.
00:41:08
So both of you.
00:41:09
And yes.
00:41:10
So that's gonna have up this video.
00:41:11
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00:41:59
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00:42:04
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00:42:06
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00:42:07
So you're one of us were posted, But anyway, so you want to hear up to get news stories? I will streams.
00:42:13
This was a great dream.
00:42:15
We're gonna promote this after this game after this broadcast, we had a great time here on sports cash.
00:42:20
We're gonna wrap up this video ever great again.
00:42:23
He'd play by play announcer since the beginning was on this show as a guest speaker.
00:42:30
We really appreciate it.
00:42:31
He said a lot.
00:42:32
A lot of great stories about his heat career broadcasting girl.
00:42:36
And yes, so we'll bring it overto grab.
00:42:39
And to wrap up this video it again.
00:42:42
We all have appreciated era.
00:42:44
Great for being on the show.
00:42:48
Yeah, well, actually, I just want, say, Isaac the way how I think you talkto or the way you feel about when you hear Eric re commentate.
00:42:55
Aiken tells very familiar to me, you know, watching a lot of Bruins games on this, and I feel like the same way.
00:43:00
Oh, I listen to Jack Edwards Commentate, actually.
00:43:03
So, uh, that's very cool.
00:43:05
I know it probably reach for him to be on the show, but you know that would be great.
00:43:09
Offer me and after Sam as well.
00:43:10
I mean, he's want my idols.
00:43:12
Why? You know, I I inspired be a sports broadcaster.
00:43:15
Needy.
00:43:16
Also got me in the hockey quite a bit, but anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed it once.
00:43:19
Get angry.
00:43:20
Just such a such a nice guy.
00:43:22
Um, you know, like I said, he's been a great commentaries booth East since the beginning.
00:43:28
He's great, commentator, And it was awesome to get Adam on the show, and I had a lot of fun.
00:43:33
The I'll toss over to you, Sam.
00:43:35
But, man, what a great experience.
00:43:38
Yes.
00:43:39
Thanks, Grant. Absolutely.
00:43:40
What a great experience it was.
00:43:42
Thank you so much.
00:43:43
Ties it for ah, for ah, getting air.
00:43:46
Agreed to come on the show.
00:43:47
Thank you so much, toe.
00:43:48
Eric Reed for coming on our show.
00:43:50
And yeah, just Ah, yeah.
00:43:53
What? What a nice guy he is.
00:43:54
It was a pleasure to meet him virtually, uh, which is all we can do, obviously during this corona virus pandemic.
00:44:02
But yeah, it was cool.
00:44:04
Um, how Isaac met him at play by play camps and and therefore ah, that they had already met each other.
00:44:09
And yeah, but But still, you know, just the three teenagers here aspiring to be sports broadcaster is I'm not sure every every It's not even close to every sports broadcaster in the business.
00:44:21
Would be willing toe to take time out of their day to do this.
00:44:24
But Eric Reid was willing to do that, and it was such a pleasure.
00:44:28
Thio talk with him and and just, you know, get some insight here. Some stories.
00:44:33
This was this was a great stream, no doubt about it.
00:44:35
And once again, thank you so much.
00:44:37
Air agreed for joining.
00:44:39
It was it was a blast tonight.
00:44:42
Yes, thank you, Sam.
00:44:43
And thank you, Grant, for coming on you on a poor, but Oh, like Grant and Sam.
00:44:51
What are you going? I agree.
00:44:53
Thank you so much for coming on.
00:44:55
So Hey, let's himself Anybody don't like him.
00:45:00
It wasn't out of the family.
00:45:04
Eric, That's enough.
00:45:05
Come on.
00:45:06
The show he put out.
00:45:07
So if you watch it, you know him.
00:45:08
Why did he hide that? You know? Hey, look, a joint waiting.
00:45:12
I like you're here.
00:45:14
My boys might think about because I hear on the most that football.
00:45:19
The 16 games, right? So, yeah, I watch a lot of Dolphins, Patriots hands and jump up.
00:45:25
I probably, you know, a lot goes.
00:45:27
He does like the special games and football games.
00:45:31
On Thursday night.
00:45:33
I was watching, but that's only 16 games.
00:45:34
The heat, a long season.
00:45:37
He doesn't have three.
00:45:39
A mother's work aboard.
00:45:42
I have before, but he just look every castle.
00:45:47
Thank you for coming out about this.
00:45:50
Bye.
00:45:51
This natural just based on Eric recovers.
00:45:54
Hey, that's what Here Because it was a great tree.
00:45:58
But you his salmon Don't we video you all for being here on sports talk show? We'll have another audition this weekend.
00:46:10
This one was a struggle.
00:46:11
And by the way, this one.
00:46:16
And for the best Oh, so I'm gonna be the best.
00:46:20
Hopefully, what was evil? More by.
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