Mike Fratello

Michael Robert Fratello (born February 24, 1947) is an American sports broadcaster and a professional basketball coach. Fratello is currently an analyst for Fox Sports Ohio for the Cavaliers and a part-time color commentator for Fox Sports West for the Clippers when they play on the road. He previously coached the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA), served as NBC's lead analyst, served as YES Network's color commentator/studio analyst for the Brooklyn Nets, a commentator/studio analyst for NBA TV and for nationally televised games on TNT and was also the head coach of the Ukraine national basketball team.

Mike Fratello
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Fratello in 2018
Personal information
Born (1947-02-24) February 24, 1947 (age 74)
North Haledon, New Jersey
Listed height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Listed weight150 lb (68 kg)
Career information
High schoolHackensack
(Hackensack, New Jersey)
CollegeMontclair State
Coaching career1970–2014
Career history
As coach:
1970–1972Rhode Island (assistant)
1972–1975James Madison (assistant)
1975–1978Villanova (assistant)
19781982Atlanta Hawks (assistant)
1982–1983New York Knicks (assistant)
19831990Atlanta Hawks
19931999Cleveland Cavaliers
20042006Memphis Grizzlies
Career highlights and awards
As Head Coach:

As Assistant Coach:

Career coaching record
NBA667–548 (.549)

Fratello is among the winningest head coaches in NBA history, ranking respectively 18th and 19th in all-time regular season wins (667) and games coached (1,215).


Fratello was born in Hackensack, New Jersey to his parents, Vincent and Marie. He is of Italian descent. He graduated from Hackensack High School, where he was captain of the basketball, baseball, football and field hockey teams. He was named to the Bergen "All County" Football team as a center in his senior year. He then went on to Montclair State College in Montclair, New Jersey to play football.[1] Upon graduation he returned to Hackensack High School as an assistant for both the basketball and football teams. Fratello then went on to the University of Rhode Island as a graduate assistant assigned to head coach Tom Carmody, also coaching the University of Rhode Island freshman basketball team. He had been a college basketball assistant at James Madison University under Lou Campanelli and served as an assistant for Rollie Massimino at Villanova before going to the NBA as an assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks during Hubie Brown's tenure.


Fratello was head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies from December 2004 to December 2006. In his first season, he inherited a 5–11 team that he turned around to win 40 games and advance to the playoffs. Fratello built on that record the following year to win 49 games and return to the playoffs for a second consecutive season. Before departing in December 2006, his record was 6–24 taking his overall record with Memphis to 95–83.

Prior to working with the Grizzlies, Fratello had coached the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks. In his six seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers his record was 248 wins and 212 losses. Fratello took the Cavaliers to the playoffs four times. Fratello coached the Hawks for seven seasons and posted a 324–250 record, making the post-season playoffs five times and winning the Central Division in 1987 with 57 wins. Fratello was named Coach of the Year for the 1985–86 NBA season. His NBA career stats are 667 wins and 548 losses for a .549 average. His teams have qualified for the playoffs in eleven of his 16 seasons as a head coach.

One of the most respected basketball minds despite having never won an NBA championship as a head coach, Fratello ranks 19th on the NBA's all-time win list and 21st in games coached.[citation needed]

On February 24, 2011, Fratello was officially announced as the Ukraine national basketball team head coach and on March 3, 2011, he was introduced to the Ukrainian media at a press conference in Kyiv.[2] After the successes he provided for Ukraine, including their first ever FIBA World Cup appearance, it was announced that Fratello would not coach for Ukraine for EuroBasket 2015.[3] He would be replaced by Yevgin Murzin as the nation's Team Ukraine basketball team.


Fratello in 2015

Los Angeles ClippersEdit

Fratello started as the color analyst for the Los Angeles Clippers from 1990 to 1992.[4] He returned to the Clippers for the 2019 season as a rotating analyst on TV.[5]


Fratello has been a television commentator for NBC Sports and also a main color commentator of TNT, working once again with longtime play-by-play announcer Marv Albert, who first paired up with Fratello in the 1990–91 NBA season as the main announcing team for the NBA on NBC. Starting with the 2008–09 NBA season Fratello also began working with Marv Albert doing New Jersey Nets games on the YES Network.

During his stint as a color commentator, Marv Albert dubbed him "The Czar of the Telestrator" for his masterful way of diagramming basketball plays on screen.

Return to TNTEdit

For the 2007–08 season, TNT rehired Fratello as a full-time commentator, allowing him to work once again with Marv Albert at NBA on TNT. Reggie Miller, who had split time between TNT's studio and the booth the past two years, also became a full-time game analyst, joining Albert and Fratello on the sidelines.

Prior to Kerr's departure in the summer of 2014 to become the head coach of the Golden State Warriors, he was part of a three-man booth with his YES counterpart Marv Albert and Steve Kerr. He left the network after the 2018–2019 season

With the YES NetworkEdit

Since the 2008–09 season, Fratello had worked with Marv Albert and Ian Eagle on New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets games on the YES Network. Fratello was hired after the unexpected resignation of former color analyst Mark Jackson from the network. For the 2017-18 season, he served as a studio analyst.[6] At the end of that season, he left the network to join the team at NBA TV on a full-time basis. Former Net Richard Jefferson was named as his successor.[7]

Cavaliers and NBA TVEdit

After leaving the YES Network, Fratello joined the Cavaliers broadcasting team, working exclusively in the studio for in-studio analysis. Fratello also joined the crew at NBA TV, working once again in the studio as an analyst.

Head coaching recordEdit

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Atlanta 1980–81 3 0 3 .000 (interim)
Atlanta 1983–84 82 40 42 .488 3rd in Central 5 2 3 .400 Lost in First Round
Atlanta 1984–85 82 34 48 .415 5th in Central Missed playoffs
Atlanta 1985–86 82 50 32 .610 2nd in Central 9 4 5 .444 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Atlanta 1986–87 82 57 25 .695 1st in Central 9 4 5 .444 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Atlanta 1987–88 82 50 32 .610 3rd in Central 12 6 6 .500 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Atlanta 1988–89 82 52 30 .634 3rd in Central 5 2 3 .400 Lost in First Round
Atlanta 1989–90 82 41 41 .500 6th in Central Missed playoffs
Cleveland 1993–94 82 47 35 .573 4th in Central 3 0 3 .000 Lost in First Round
Cleveland 1994–95 82 43 39 .524 4th in Central 4 1 3 .250 Lost in First Round
Cleveland 1995–96 82 47 35 .573 3rd in Central 3 0 3 .000 Lost in First Round
Cleveland 1996–97 82 42 40 .512 5th in Central Missed playoffs
Cleveland 1997–98 82 47 35 .573 5th in Central 4 1 3 .250 Lost in First Round
Cleveland 1998–99 50 22 28 .440 7th in Central Missed playoffs
Memphis 2004–05 66 40 26 .606 4th in Southwest 4 0 4 .000 Lost in First Round
Memphis 2005–06 82 49 33 .598 3rd in Southwest 4 0 4 .000 Lost in First Round
Memphis 2006–07 30 6 24 .200 (fired)
Career 1,215 667 548 .549 62 20 42 .323

Personal lifeEdit

Fratello is married to his wife Susan[8] with two children, a son named Marc[9][10] and a daughter named Kristi.[11]


  1. ^ Mike Fratello, Basketball-Reference.com. Accessed November 1, 2007.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-03-16. Retrieved 2011-03-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIZOzS9BNXg
  4. ^ MIKE FRATELLO: Courtside Manners
  5. ^ Income, Net (2019-09-19). "They came for all of them! Clippers dastardly plot to steal Ian, Sarah and RJ!". NetsDaily. Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  6. ^ http://mobile.yesnetwork.com/news/article/2017/09/18/254876722
  7. ^ https://nothinbutnets.com/2018/10/17/brooklyn-nets-richard-jefferson-analyst/
  8. ^ http://newsok.com/from-sunrise-to-sunset-fratello-is-all-basketball/article/2197232
  9. ^ Mike Fratello [@MikeFratello] (3 May 2010). "Congrats to my son Marc, who's directorial debut Babyland will be featured in CU's Faculty Selects Screening in NYC: wp.me/pJba2-D7" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ http://mikefratello.com/2010/01/14/mikes-memorabilia-red-auerbach-trophy-2/
  11. ^ http://www.chickensoup.com/book-story/25915/85-friendship-and-the-fratello-fraternity

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