New York Knicks: 5 things fans can be thankful for

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Nov 13, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; ESPN play-by-play commentator Mike Breen looks on during a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. The Lakers won 120-94. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

2. Best Local TV Announcers in the Game

This one might be a little bit of a copout, but can anyone seriously say that they don’t enjoy listening to Mike Breen and Walt Clyde Frazier on MSG network? Throughout the lean years, of which there have been many, fans can take solace that a “Banggg!” or a “wheeling and dealing” or a “dexterity on the baseline” is right around the corner to make everything right with the world again.

According to the MSG Network website, Breen and Frazier have been calling games together since they were on the radio (look it up if you’ve never heard of it) in 1991. It’s a little hard to believe that when this season gets going, they will have been together for 30 years, but in other ways, it’s not that hard to fathom considering the level of rapport they have with one another.

It’s hard not to watch the above clip and think, wow, we haven’t been able to hear interactions like that since March. If we get content about breakfast foods and Breen’s basketball game when he was younger, that’s great, but we can also settle for the good old reliables:

Breen had this to say when asked about the greatness of Clyde:

"It’s not every day that you can say that one of the heroes of your childhood had become not only your partner on the air, but a great friend for almost 30 years. He’s such a wonderful human being, in addition to being this New York sports legend. Still, some days I sit there, and I look to my right, and I can’t believe that I’m calling basketball games with Walt “Clyde” Frazier. There’s a poster of Clyde up in the house that I grew up in, and it’s still there to this day, my mother still lives in the same house in Yonkers, and I put it up when I was a little boy, and it’s still there, and it’s a great reminder that I’m blessed by being able to work with Clyde and call Knick games. Via NYPost"