Knicks-Magic Marks Mike Breen, Walt 'Clyde' Frazier Landmark


The 25th year that Mike Breen and Walt "Clyde" Frazier have been working together to call games for the New York Knicks will continue on Friday night when the team takes on the Orlando Magic.  

When the Orlando Magic travel to Madison Square Garden on Friday night, they will compete against the New York Knicks in a matchup that will have significant repercussions for the Eastern Conference.   

Whatever it is that they have planned, it is nothing compared to the enchantment that has constantly emitted from courtside throughout the course of each and every game.  

Mike Breen and Walt "Clyde" Frazier, two long-time broadcasters for the MSG Network, like to look back on their 25-year partnership, which they celebrated earlier this season.   

It began in Central Florida during the delayed start of the 1999 season and continues to this day, as they prepare to call the latest matchup between New York and Orlando on Friday night (7:30 p.m. ET, MSG).   

The Knicks lost to the Magic that night by a score of 93–85, but Knicks fans have been happy ever since. With Orlando's visit coming up, Breen talked with Daniel Chin of The Ringer about the first game.  

"It was the biggest game of my life up until that point, and I'm doing it with a guy whose jersey is up in the rafters at the Garden," Breen said. "It was the most important game it had ever been.  

I've worked with numerous partners, and chemistry is unusual but sometimes instant. It takes time to learn chemistry. You may work for a long time without success."  

Breen was under pressure to replace Marv Albert as Knicks TV play-by-play commentator. Frazier made the move easier and they've been together since.  

While Frazier, who hopes to stay on MSG "as long as (he) can," was unavailable for comment, Breen continued to compliment his longstanding broadcast partner, acknowledging that his colourful comparisons and rhymes had influenced his national calls on ABC and ESPN.  

Breen explained, "I had a lot of respect for him as a player and for how much he knew about the game. I let him do whatever he needed to do on the air.  

But what's crazy is that he treated me so well right away and let me do my thing." It was a great exchange of ideas. There was never a battle for space, and no ego was involved. From the first day, it just clicked."  

"I'm so glad it did; it's been one of the best parts of my career, and working with him for so long has been one of the best things in my life  

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