MIAMI — The Heat announced Friday that Tony Fiorentino will begin his final season as the team’s television analyst this upcoming season.
Fiorentino, who is an original Heat employee, is preparing for his 30th season with the franchise and his 15th season as its television analyst. His time with the Heat began on the bench as an assistant coach for the inaugural 1988-89 team.
Fiorentino began his Heat broadcasting tenure as a fill-in analyst during the 1991 season and became a regular on the team’s television and radio broadcasts during the 2003-04 season. He succeeded Mike Fratello early in the 2004-05 season as the team’s television analyst and has had the job next to play-by-play broadcaster Eric Reid ever since.
When the 2017-18 season comes to a close, Fiorentino will continue working for the Heat as a team ambassador and as the director of the team’s summer basketball camp program. Reid will continue to work as the team’s play-by-play broadcaster, with the Heat and broadcast partner Fox Sports Sun now in the process of evaluating candidates to fill the impending television analyst vacancy.
“I never would have imagined that I would spend 15 years on the air as a Heat broadcaster and be approaching my 30th season with the club,” Fiorentino said in a statement released by the Heat. “Calling the games, especially during the three Championship seasons, was a fantastic experience. I’ve worn many hats during my time with the Heat and I’ll continue to represent my team and interact with Heat Nation in my ‘not so new’ role.”
Fiorentino’s time as the Heat’s television analyst was a memorable one. He was there for each of the team’s three NBA titles and celebrations.
“As an original member of the Miami Heat, Tony’s history with the franchise includes 30 incredible years of dedicated service and countless accomplishments,” said Michael McCullough, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of The Heat Group. “Many Heat fans have grown up with “The Coach”, either from watching the Heat game broadcasts or by participating in Heat Basketball Camp. Tony’s impact on the Heat fan base spans decades and we’re happy this three-time NBA Champion will remain a member of the Miami Heat Family.”