The Miami Heat today have announced that former point guard and current radio analyst John Crotty will assume the role of color TV analyst starting next season.
In a somewhat surprising move, the Heat had already revealed that longtime analyst Tony Fiorentino was leaving the broadcast booth that he shared for many years alongside fellow Heat Lifer Eric Reid and that a search for his replacement was ongoing.
Crotty played for the Heat during the 1996-97 season and quickly became a fan favorite and would go on to rejoin the franchise as their radio analyst in 2005. He first appeared on the Heat’s TV broadcast during their 2006 championship season and is also a studio analyst to the Heat’s postgame show hosted by Jason Jackson.
“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,” said Crotty in a statement. “I want all of HEAT Nation to know that I am humbled by the big shoes I have to fill, but very excited to take on the challenge.”
Crotty joins a group that includes Reid, Dave Wohl, Dr. Jack Ramsay, Ed Pinckney, Mike Fratello, and Fiorentino.
“John has been part of the HEAT family for many years, and has earned this opportunity,” said Eric Woolworth, President of The HEAT Group’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 not announced Crotty’s replacement for the radio analyst and studio analyst roles.