Mike Fretello, who followed the NBA head coach for 16 years with a successful career at the broadcast booth, is the winner of the 2022 Chuck Daily Lifetime Achievement Award.
It is awarded annually by the National Basketball Coaches Association, which announces the honor on Sunday.
“Mike Fretello’s accomplishments are well documented as a coach and a broadcaster,” said Rick Carlisle, Indiana pacer’s head coach and president of the association. “16 years as an NBA head coach, winning 647 regular seasons, NBA Coach of the Year honors, head coach of the Ukraine national team and multiple Emmy all come together to represent a lifetime dedicated to basketball.”
Fratello, 75, had a 667-548 record with the Atlanta Hawks (1981, 1983-90), the Cleveland Cavaliers (1993-99) and the Memphis Grizzlies (2004-07). In 13 of his 16 seasons, his team has finished at .500 or above and has made 11 play-offs.
“Chuck Daly was a special person and a special coach – and that’s a special reward,” Fretello said. “It’s a lot to me because Chuck was a mentor, a close friend and a trusted confidant in my NBA coaching career and beyond. It’s an honor to be recognized by my peers, whom I respect and admire. I want to join the ranks of previous recipients.” Proud to be – all exceptional coaches and great people. “
His achievements as a broadcaster include working with Marv Albert on NBC for three NBA seasons, and the two also called for action at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, where the “Dream Team” was.
He has also called games for Turner Sports, NBA TV and several regional networks.
Previous award recipients include Larry Brown, Pat Riley and Lenny Wilkins.
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