HEAT Original: Eric Reid
“Hello South Florida! We always hope you enjoy every bounce and basket right along with us. And off we go on another Miami HEAT NBA adventure!”
When you hear legendary HEAT/Sun Sports television broadcaster Eric Reid deliver those words during every HEAT telecast, it’s official that you’re watching one of the best in the business.
Joining the organization before the franchise’s inaugural season in 1988-89, the Massapequa, NY native has broadcast over 1,800 regular season HEAT games. For his first three seasons with the HEAT, Reid was the team’s color analyst on the team’s simulcast. Having spent the previous 11 years calling play-by-play action in college basketball at Cornell and Providence, Reid credits the first HEAT Head Coach Ron Rothstein with making the transition to color analyst smoother.
“Ron gave me incredible access,” said Reid. “I was at every practice, every shootaround, he would let me watch film and tape with the coaches. They helped fast-track my NBA knowledge. I stayed within my limitations. I also freelanced doing University of South Florida telecasts as well, keeping my play-by-play skills sharp.”
PREPARATION: Always enthusiastic and passionate about his craft, the Ithaca College graduate’s game folders contain a wealth of statistics, bios, game notes and other tidbits, and are always available at a moment’s notice.
“To prepare for a game, I need time,” said Reid. “Everyone always jokes with me about how long it takes for me to prep for a game, but I like being prepared for anything I may see. The best preparation occurs before each game, when you get to interview HEAT and opponents’ players and head coaches. The stories they tell help us to keep our content fresh and topical. We tell the stories of the players and coaches at each game. That’s really what my job is all about.”
AN APPRECIATION: Having been a courtside witness to HEAT history through the years, Reid realizes his role and cherishes every minute.
“I get to sit courtside every night and broadcast NBA basketball to fans of the Miami HEAT. It’s absolutely the best part of my job,” he said. “I have stayed connected for all these years. This year is my 35th consecutive year broadcasting basketball, so from Cornell University in the Ivy League to the World Champion Miami HEAT, I’ve given myself to every game I’ve called in my career. I could never have dreamed it would last 25 years, but I’ve really enjoyed every last game.”