Former player John Crotty named as Heat’s next television analyst

 

John Crotty will replace Tony Fiorentino as the Heat’s next television analyst.

John Crotty is moving over from radio to television.

Crotty will become the Miami Heat’s next analyst for all TV broadcasts beginning next season, the team announced today. Crotty, 48, will work alongside play-by-play broadcaster Eric Reid, replacing longtime analyst Tony Fiorentino.

Crotty, who played 48 games for the Heat in 1996-97, has been a member of the broadcast team since January 2005 when he became the Heat’s radio analyst. He will become the seventh person to serve as the TV analyst for the franchise and the second former player.

“It’s truly an honor to have such a lengthy history with the Miami Heat; first as a player, then as a radio broadcaster and now as the TV color analyst,” Crotty said in a statement. He went on to say that he is “humbled by the big shoes I have to fill, but very excited to take on the challenge.”

After a standout college career at the University of Virginia, Crotty entered the NBA as an undrafted free agent with the Utah Jazz in 1991. He spent the majority of his 11-year NBA playing career in Utah backing up John Stockton.

Crotty played for seven different franchises. In Miami, he averaged 4.8 points and 2.1 assists while serving as Tim Hardaway’s backup.

Crotty first appeared for the Heat on television during the 2006 championship season, when he was added to the team’s post-season coverage. He was a part of two Emmy Award-winning parade coverage shows and since the spring of 2012 has served as a studio analyst for all Heat home and road games. In addition to his work with the Heat, Crotty has also served as a color analyst on college basketball games for Fox.

“John has been part of the Heat family for many years, and has earned this opportunity,” said Eric Woolworth, president of the Heat’s business operations. “We are thrilled to have him on board as our color analyst and excited about the future of our broadcasts on Fox Sports Sun. We have every confidence that John is going to do a great job.”

The Heat have seen six former players, coaches and broadcasters serve in this role. Crotty joins a group that includes Reid (the team’s first TV analyst), Dave Wohl, Jack Ramsay, Ed Pinckney, Mike Fratello, and Fiorentino.

The Heat announced in June that this would be Fiorentino’s final season in a role he held for 14 years.

The team has not announced plans to fill Crotty’s current role on radio.

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