No one will ever see John Crotty’s debut as the Heat TV analyst

Heat broadcasters Eric Reid and John Crotty having a dry run at the Suns-Kings game Saturday. (Photo Miami Heat)

LAS VEGAS – John Crotty is getting his first taste as the Miami Heat’s new TV analyst during summer league, but nobody is going to see it.

Crotty and Heat play-by-play announcer Eric Reid will work four games from the Thomas & Mack Center this weekend, complete with director and producer, as a dry run. The broadcasts are not televised but the audio will be analyzed and scrutinized to help Crotty and Reid prepare for their first season together.

“Chemistry is a big part of what we do on the air,” Crotty said. “I recognized that when I was doing radio as well as in the studio and it will be the same with Eric. This is the first step.”

The two worked the Sacramento-Phoenix and Cleveland-Chicago games at the Las Vegas summer league Saturday. They will work two more contests Sunday. They were unable to do a Heat game because Miami’s first two were in the smaller arena.

The broadcast was as real-life as possible with the director and producer talking in their ear. It just wasn’t on camera.

“It will be more just the cadence of getting used to the back and forth,” said Crotty, who is replacing Tony Fiorentino. The Heat announced in June that 2017-18 would be Fiorentino’s final season in a role he held for 14 years.

Crotty, 48, has worked as the radio analyst for 12 years alongside play-by-play man Mike Inglis, mostly for home games, and as a TV studio analyst for six years. The Heat have not named a TV studio analyst to replace Crotty.

Crotty also has some experience doing television as a college analyst for Fox.

“I feel like I’ve done a little bit of every medium,” Crotty said. “The difference will be since everything’s on the air, I don’t have to help describe the action. Now it’s more about the how and why it happened. Why did the guy get open to take that shot? And maybe, too, describe the strategies that are taking place by both teams and maybe why a certain trend is working more on the court or why a particular play is working.

“That will be the fun part for me and hopefully I can articulate it in a way that people understand and find interesting.”

Crotty also will bring the player perspective after spending 11 years in the NBA, including 1996-97 with the Heat, and having experienced every emotion from being a rotation player to having to survive on a 10-day contract.

“I have a lot of different perspectives I think I can bring to the broadcast,” Crotty said.

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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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