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John Crotty may succeed Tony Fiorentino in the broadcasting booth.

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You may remember that this season will serve as the last for Tony Fiorentino in the TV booth. The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reported today that the Miami Heat have begun their search for a successor. Jackson said that current Heat radio analyst John Crotty will be in the running.

Although he spent just one season with the Heat during his playing days, Crotty has provided commentary for radio games since the 2004-05 season. That season — the 59-win team that featured a motivated Shaquille O’Neal and an emerging superstar in Dwyane Wade — was also the first season Fiorentino joined the Heat’s broadcasting team.

Fiorentino will continue to serve as an ambassador for the team after this season. He was with the Heat since the beginning, serving as an assistant coach during the Heat’s inaugural 1988-89 season. Miami’s head coach that year was Ron Rothstein, who currently works as part of the broadcast team and served as an assistant coach as recently as 2014.

Seems like many people involved in the Heat’s coaching staff may change roles, but don’t leave the organization.