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Michael Robert "Mike" Fratello (born 1947 in Hackensack, New Jersey) is an American professional basketball coach. He previously coached the Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA.

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Background

Italian-American Fratello graduated from Hackensack High School, where he was captain of the basketball, baseball and football 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 in Montclair, New Jersey to play football.[1] Upon graduation he returned to Hackensack H.S. 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, and also coached the U.R.I. 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 coming to the NBA as an assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks during Hubie Brown's tenure.

Coaching

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.

Broadcasting

NBC/TNT

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 [en.wikipedia.org/FratelloProductions].

Return to TNT

For the 2007–08 season, TNT rehired Mike Fratello as a full-time commentator, allowing him to work once again with long time play-by-play announcer Marv Albert, who first paired up with Fratello in the 1990–91 season as the main announcing team for the NBA on NBC. 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.

Occasionally, TNT will shuffle the rotation throughout the season, pairing veteran coach/analyst Doug Collins with Albert and Fratello, and pairing Miller with play-by-play Kevin Harlan.

With the YES Network

Starting with the 2008–09 season, Fratello will also work with Marv Albert on 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.

Career record

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, % = Win–Loss %

Mike Fratello's career coaching record
Franchise Season W L  % Postseason
Atlanta Hawks 1983–84 40 42 .488 2–3 record
Atlanta Hawks 1984–85 34 48 .415
Atlanta Hawks 1985–86 50 32 .610 4–5 record
Atlanta Hawks 1986–87 57 25 .695 4–5 record
Atlanta Hawks 1987–88 50 32 .634 6–6 record
Atlanta Hawks 1988–89 52 30 .634 2–3 record
Atlanta Hawks 1989–90 41 41 .500
Cleveland Cavaliers 1993–94 47 35 .573 0–3 record
Cleveland Cavaliers 1994–95 43 39 .524 1–3 record
Cleveland Cavaliers 1995–96 47 35 .573 0–3 record
Cleveland Cavaliers 1996–97 42 40 .512
Cleveland Cavaliers 1997–98 47 35 .573 1–3 record
Cleveland Cavaliers 1998–99 22 28 .440
Memphis Grizzlies 2004–05 40 30 .571 0–4 record
Memphis Grizzlies 2005–06 49 33 .598 0–4 record
Memphis Grizzlies 2006–07 6 24 .200
Totals 667 552 .547
Playoffs 20 42 .323

References

  1. ^ Mike Fratello, Basketball-Reference.com. Accessed November 1, 2007.

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