Mike Fratello former Memphis Grizzlies coach.

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Mike Fratello,former Memphis Grizzlies coach.In the history of the Grizzlies, there are few coaches who have been able to turn the luck of the Grizzlies around either in their first season in-charge or the second.

Taken them to the playoffs or led them to the Conference finals. And there are other coaches that didn’t make it through their first season.
One of the coaches that was able to help the Grizzlies and even make a name in the franchise’s
history is sports broadcaster and TV analyst Mike Fratello.

Mike Fratello
Born on February 24, 1947, Michael Robert Fratello is an American sports broadcaster and a professional basketball coach. Fratello is among the winningest head coaches in NBA history ranking respectively at 18th and 19th in all-time regular seasons (667) and games coached (1,215). He previously coached the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Memphis Grizzlies, served as NBC’s lead analyst, YES Network’s color commentator/studio analyst for the Brooklyn Nets, a commentator/studio analyst for NBA TV and for nationally televised games on TNT. He was also the head coach for the Ukraine national basketball team.

Fratello was born in Hackensack, New Jersey to parents, Vincent and Marey. He graduated from Hackensack High School, where he captained four different teams – the football, basketball, baseball and field hockey teams. In his senior year, he was named to the Bergan “All County” Football team as a center. He moved on to Montclair State College in Montclair, New Jersey to play football. Fratello returned to Hackensack High School after graduating as an assistant for both the basketball and football teams. He 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 freshman basketball team. He had been a college basketball assistant at James Maddison 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 during Hubie Brown’s tenure.

Fratello’s first stint as head coach came in 1982 with the Atlanta Hawks. He coached them 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. He was named NBA Coach of the Year for the 1985-86 season. He left the Hawks in 1990. His second coaching stint came with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1993. In his six seasons with the Cavaliers, his record was 248 wins and 212 losses. Fratello took the Cavaliers to the playoffs four times during his six-year tenure.
After his time with the Cavaliers ended, he didn’t take up any coaching job till 2004 when he took charge of the Grizzlies. He inherited a 5-11 team following Hubie’s resignation due to health concerms. However, in his first season, Fratello turned the 5-11 inherited record around to win 40 games and eventually advance to the playoffs. Fratello built on that record the following year to win 49 games and return to the playoffs for the second consecutive season. He left the Grizzlies in December 2006 with an overall record 95-83 for the franchise.
Fratello’s 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. 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. After successes he provided for Ukraine, including their first ever FIBA World Cup appearance, it was announced that Fratello would not coach for Ukraine for EuroBasket 2015. He was replaced by Yevgin Murzin.

During his time away from coaching duties in 1990, he started as the color analyst for the Los Angeles Clippers till 1992. For the 2019 season, he returned to the Clippers as a rotating analyst on TV. Fratello has been a television commentator for NBC Sports and is currently a main color commentator of TNT, working with longtime play-by-play announcer Marv Albert – the two first paired up 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 doing New Jersey Nets games on the YES Network. Marv Albert dubbed Fratello “The Czar of the Telestrator” during his stint as a color commentator, for his masterful way of diagramming basketball plays on screen.
For the 2007-08 season, TNT rehired Fratello as a full-time commentator, allowing him to work once again with Marv Albert at NBA on TNT. For the 2017-18 season, he served as a studio analyst. At the end of that season, he left the network to join the team at NBA TV on a full-time basis. Former Net Richard Jefferson was named as his successor.

Mike Fratello is married to his wife Susan with two kids, a son named Marc and a daughter named Kristi. He is currently an analyst for FOX Sports Ohio for the Cavalier and a part-time color commentator for Fox Sports West for the Clippers when they play on the road.

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