Mike Fratello Speaker Profile
Mike Fratello Biography
Mike Fratello was born February 24, 1947 in Hackensack, New Jersey and is also known as The Czar of the Telestrator because of his mastery of the telestrator. He previously coached the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA.
Fratello was head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies from December 2004 to December 2006. In his first season he inherited a 5-11 team that he turned around to win 45 games and advance to the playoffs. Fratello built on that record the following year to win 49 games and return to the playoffs for a second consecutive season. Before departing in December 2006, his record was 6-24 taking his overall record with Memphis to 95-87.
Prior to working with the Grizzlies, Fratello had coached the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks. In his six seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers his record was 248 wins and 212 losses. Fratello took the Cavaliers to the playoffs four times. Fratello coached the Hawks for seven seasons and posted a 324-250 record, making the post-season playoffs five times and winning the Central Division in 1987 with 57 wins. Fratello was named coach of the year for the 1985-1986 NBA season. His NBA career stats are 666 wins and 542 losses for a .551 average. His teams have qualified for the playoffs in eleven of his 16 seasons as a head coach.
One of the most respected basketball minds despite having never won an NBA championship as a head coach, Fratello ranks 19 on the NBA's all time win list and 21 in games coached.
He has been a television commentator for NBC and is currently a main color commentator of TNT, working once again with long time play-by-play announcer Marv Albert, who first paired up with Fratello in the 1990-91 NBA season as the main announcing team for the NBA on NBC. Starting with the 2008-09 NBA season Fratello also began working with Marv Albert doing the New Jersey Nets games on the YES Network. Fratello was hired after the unexpected resignation of former color analyst, Mark Jackson from the network. Fratello will also be paired with Ian Eagle on select Nets games.
Marv Albert is the one who dubbed Fratello The Czar of the Telestrator for his masterful way of diagramming basketball plays on screen, as well as his in depth analysis and ability to break down offensive and defensive plays.
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