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Michael Robert Fratello (born February 24, 1947) is an American sports broadcaster and a professional basketball coach. Nicknamed "The Czar", Fratello is presently the analyst for Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn Nets
broadcasts on the YES Network
YES Network
and for nationally televised games on TNT. He previously coached the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA), served as NBC's lead analyst, and was also the head coach of the Ukraine
Ukraine
national basketball team. Fratello is among the winningest head coaches in NBA history, ranking respectively 18th and 19th in all-time regular season wins (667) and games coached (1,215).

Contents

1 Background 2 Coaching 3 Broadcasting

3.1 NBC/TNT 3.2 Return to TNT 3.3 With the YES Network

4 Head coaching record 5 Personal life 6 References 7 External links

Background[edit] Fratello was born in Hackensack, New Jersey
Hackensack, New Jersey
to his parents, Vincent and Marie. He graduated from Hackensack High School, where he was captain of the basketball, baseball, football and field hockey teams. He was named to the Bergen "All County" Football team as a center in his senior year. He then went on to Montclair State College
Montclair State College
in Montclair, New Jersey
Montclair, New Jersey
to play football.[1] Upon graduation he returned to Hackensack High School
Hackensack High School
as an assistant for both the basketball and football teams. Fratello then went on to the University of Rhode Island as a graduate assistant assigned to head coach Tom Carmody, also coaching the University of Rhode Island
University of Rhode Island
freshman basketball team. He had been a college basketball assistant at James Madison University under Lou Campanelli and served as an assistant for Rollie Massimino at Villanova before going to the NBA as an assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
during Hubie Brown's tenure. He is also of Italian descent. Coaching[edit] Fratello was head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
from December 2004 to December 2006. In his first season, he inherited a 5–11 team that he turned around to win 40 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 95–83. Prior to working with the Grizzlies, Fratello had coached the Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
and the Atlanta Hawks. In his six seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers
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 1985–86 NBA season. His NBA career stats are 667 wins and 548 losses for a .549 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 19th on the NBA's all-time win list and 21st in games coached.[citation needed] On February 24, 2011, Fratello was officially announced as the Ukraine national basketball team head coach and on March 3, 2011, he was introduced to the Ukrainian media at a press conference in Kiev.[2] After the successes he provided for Ukraine, including their first ever FIBA World Cup
FIBA World Cup
appearance, it was announced that Fratello would not coach for Ukraine
Ukraine
for EuroBasket 2015.[3] He would be replaced by Yevgin Murzin as the nation's Team Ukraine
Ukraine
basketball team. Broadcasting[edit] NBC/TNT[edit] Fratello has been a television commentator for NBC Sports
NBC Sports
and is currently a main color commentator of TNT, working once again with longtime play-by-play announcer Marv Albert, who first paired up with Fratello in the 1990–91 NBA season
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
Marv Albert
doing New Jersey Nets
New Jersey Nets
games on the YES Network. During his stint as a color commentator, Marv Albert
Marv Albert
dubbed him "The Czar of the Telestrator" for his masterful way of diagramming basketball plays on screen. Return to TNT[edit] For the 2007–08 season, TNT rehired Fratello as a full-time commentator, allowing him to work once again with Marv Albert
Marv Albert
at NBA on TNT. Reggie Miller, who had split time between TNT's studio and the booth the past two years, also became a full-time game analyst, joining Albert and Fratello on the sidelines. Prior to Kerr's departure in the summer of 2014 to become the head coach of the Golden State Warriors, he was part of a three-man booth with his YES counterpart Marv Albert
Marv Albert
and Steve Kerr. With the YES Network[edit] Since the 2008–09 season, Fratello has worked with Marv Albert
Marv Albert
and Ian Eagle on New Jersey/ Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn Nets
games on the YES Network. Fratello was hired after the unexpected resignation of former color analyst Mark Jackson from the network. Fratello is currently paired with Ian Eagle during Nets games as of the 2012–13 season. Head coaching record[edit]

Legend

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %

Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %

Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result

Atlanta 1980–81 3 0 3 .000 (interim) — — — — —

Atlanta 1983–84 82 40 42 .488 3rd in Central 5 2 3 .400 Lost in First Round

Atlanta 1984–85 82 34 48 .415 5th in Central — — — — Missed playoffs

Atlanta 1985–86 82 50 32 .610 2nd in Central 9 4 5 .444 Lost in Conf. Semifinals

Atlanta 1986–87 82 57 25 .695 1st in Central 9 4 5 .444 Lost in Conf. Semifinals

Atlanta 1987–88 82 50 32 .610 3rd in Central 12 6 6 .500 Lost in Conf. Semifinals

Atlanta 1988–89 82 52 30 .634 3rd in Central 5 2 3 .400 Lost in First Round

Atlanta 1989–90 82 41 41 .500 6th in Central — — — — Missed playoffs

Cleveland 1993–94 82 47 35 .573 4th in Central 3 0 3 .000 Lost in First Round

Cleveland 1994–95 82 43 39 .524 4th in Central 4 1 3 .250 Lost in First Round

Cleveland 1995–96 82 47 35 .573 3rd in Central 3 0 3 .000 Lost in First Round

Cleveland 1996–97 82 42 40 .512 5th in Central — — — — Missed playoffs

Cleveland 1997–98 82 47 35 .573 5th in Central 4 1 3 .250 Lost in First Round

Cleveland 1998–99 50 22 28 .440 7th in Central — — — — Missed playoffs

Memphis 2004–05 66 40 26 .606 4th in Southwest 4 0 4 .000 Lost in First Round

Memphis 2005–06 82 49 33 .598 3rd in Southwest 4 0 4 .000 Lost in First Round

Memphis 2006–07 30 6 24 .200 (fired) — — — — —

Career 1,215 667 548 .549

62 20 42 .323

Personal life[edit] Fratello is married[4] with two kids, a son named Marc[5][6] and a daughter named Kristi.[7] References[edit]

^ Mike Fratello, Basketball-Reference.com. Accessed November 1, 2007. ^ http://ukrbasket.net/ua/news/715.htm ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIZOzS9BNXg ^ http://newsok.com/from-sunrise-to-sunset-fratello-is-all-basketball/article/2197232 ^ Mike Fratello
Mike Fratello
[@MikeFratello] (3 May 2010). "Congrats to my son Marc, who's directorial debut Babyland will be featured in CU's Faculty Selects Screening in NYC: wp.me/pJba2-D7" (Tweet) – via Twitter.  ^ http://mikefratello.com/2010/01/14/mikes-memorabilia-red-auerbach-trophy-2/ ^ http://www.chickensoup.com/book-story/25915/85-friendship-and-the-fratello-fraternity

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