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Fratello Signs On With Turner


Mike Fratello has returned to broadcasting for now.

The former Cleveland Cavaliers coach, who was fired in June, signed a multiyear deal with Turner Sports on Monday.

Fratello was an NBA analyst for NBC from 1990-93 and worked for Turner during the playoffs from 1994-96.

"With NBC, I went in not having a full-time background," Fratello said. "Now I have experiences to fall back on. I have to get out the old tapes and try to take the good stuff and apply it."

Fratello hasn't ruled out returning to coaching.

"Down the road, if something is presented to you, you have to deal with it at the time," Fratello said. "I would have to consider it."

Fratello replaces Doc Rivers, who became coach of the Orlando Magic. Rivers' primary partner was Kevin Harlan, but Turner said Fratello's partner hasn't been determined.

However, Marv Albert is the likely choice to pair with Fratello since they formed the top broadcasting team at NBC for three years.

"It would be great to work with Marv again," Fratello said. "He's a special person to me and we've maintained our relationship throughout the years."

Albert gave Fratello the nickname "The Czar of the Telestrator" in their first season together and it has stuck.

"Mike's always been very TV-geared," Albert said. "He's quick and is great with the telestrator.

  • I'm very happy he's back on board, but I don't think there's any question that he'll be back coaching eventually."
  • Fratello spent the last six seasons with Cleveland and compiled a 248-212 mark before being replaced by Randy Wittman. Fratello led the Cavs to the playoffs four times, but had just a 2-12 record in the postseason and was unable to advance past the first round.

    "Mike is a proven commodity as a television broadcaster," Turner executive producer Mike Pearl said. "His 13 years of coaching in the NBA give Mike a unique insight into the game that is essential in an analyst. He is the perfect addition to our NBA broadcast team."

    Fratello also coached the Atlanta Hawks from 1983-1990, compiling a 324-250 record. He is the 18th NBA coach to win 500 games.

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