Al Michaels has decided to accept
ABC’s offer to become the network’s lead NBA play-by-play
announcer this upcoming season. Michaels will make his NBA debut
when the Los Angeles Lakers host the Houston Rockets in one of
the two NBA games ABC will televise on Christmas Day.
Michaels will work a selection of regular-season games, weekend
playoff games and all games of the NBA Finals. Michaels will not
broadcast any games seen on ESPN.
Brad Nessler, ABC’s lead play-by-play announcer last season,
will remain ESPN’s lead play-by-play announcer and will
do the ABC games that Michaels doesn’t work.
“Michaels’ partner on the broadcasts will be selected
within a few weeks,” said George Bodenheimer, President
of ABC Sports and ESPN.
Michaels is one of the few announcers who has broadcast all four
major North American sports. He is best-known for his baseball
and football work, but he called some basketball for ABC in the
late 1980's. Earlier in his career, he broadcast UCLA games in
Michaels also broadcast hockey during ABC’s Olympic coverage
where he made the phrase, “Do You Believe in Miracles? Yes!,”
famous during the 1980 match between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.