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Heat original Tony Fiorentino to step down from broadcasting booth after 2017-18 season

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Fiorentino will continue as a Heat ambassador at the conclusion of next season.

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The Miami Heat have announced that the 2017-18 NBA season will be the 15th and final season for Tony Fiorentino as part of the television broadcasting team.

Fiorentino is a true Heat lifer, joining fellow Heat original employee Eric Reid in the broadcasting booth starting with the 2004-05 season after he was an assistant coach during the inaugural 1988-89 season as well as serving in various coaching, scouting and broadcast roles within the franchise over the years.

“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,” said Fiorentino in a team statement. “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.”

He will continue to be a Heat Ambassador after the 2017-18 season while the Heat and broadcaster partner FOX Sports Sun look for a replacement, though there will be tough shoes to fill after so many years of chemistry between Fiorentino and Reid.

“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.”

From Hot Hot Hoops and Heat Nation, we wish Tony all the best and many thanks for being a part of so many great memories throughout the Heat’s history.