Mike Breen has watched fellow Fordham alums Michael Kay and Bob Papa serve as announcers for championship teams with the Yankees and Giants, respectively, so he has a vicarious sense of what it would be like if the Knicks ever win one with him as their play-by-play voice.
Plus, there would be an additional bonus.
"Just from dealing with those other two, the bitterness and jealously that's with me every day would finally go away," he said, laughing. "Obviously you hope someday it will happen, and you really do have a feeling of hope that it can happen under Phil Jackson."
Unlike Kay and Papa for their teams, Breen would be in position to call a Knicks championship on national television as the lead play-by-play man for ABC/ESPN. Still, it will require patience, as Jackson himself has said.
"He has the resume that you have to trust what he says," Breen said.. "He has the credibility that the players, that's something they really think about. A guy can be a great coach or a great player, but they don't have the same impact on today's NBA player as a guy who's got rings all over the place.
"There's no question and that's what he's all about is changing the culture. So yes, I think even his presence of him putting the people in charge, even if he's not on a day-to-day basis, will have a huge impact.
"He knows it's a process. They appear to have taken a nice step for this year. It is one year at a time in terms of acquiring talent. You can have the greatest coach and the greatest team president, but if you don't have the talent you're not going to win in the NBA. It's about starting to acquire the talent necessary to win a title."