LISTEN: Ian Eagle Discusses 25 Years Calling Nets Games

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February 20, 2019 - 3:15 pm
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By WFAN.com

Ian Eagle is one of the best broadcasters in all of sports. He started at WFAN and worked his way up. He does play-by-play for the NFL and college basketball and has now been the Nets play-by-play announcer for 25 years. On Thursday night at the Nets-Trail Blazers game in Brooklyn, he will be honored for those 25 years on 'Ian Eagle Night.' 

Eagle joined Evan Roberts and John Jastremski on WFAN Wednesday afternoon to talk about the honor. 

"A lot of people are asking me what's on the docket? What's the itinerary? I finally got a look at it about an hour ago. I'm just going to let it fly here," Eagle said on WFAN Wednesday. "First quarter, I am breakdancing with the hype squad. In the second quarter, I am doing acrobatic dunks off the trampoline. In the third quarter, I'm on a unicycle with Red Panda. And then this one is really a treat...fourth quarter, I will appear on kiss cam with Jim Spanarkel. That's a 25-year culmination." 

Eagle was asked of all the Nets games, which game was his favorite to call in the 25 years? 

"I would say that 01-02 season, which was such a shocker. Because nobody anticipated that the Nets could reach that level," Eagle said. "A number one seed in the East, most wins in franchise history. They advanced to a decisive Game 5 against Indiana in the first round of the playoffs, when it was still three out of five. To me that's the one that stands out. There was so much on the line. That night, Bill Raftery and I were calling the game. It goes to double OT. Reggie Miller hits a halfcourt heave to send to the first overtime. Reggie Miller dunks to send it to a second overtime. And Jason Kidd just put the team on his back and willed them to victory. To me, that was a release in many ways. Because the franchise at that point needed that kind of validation in order to take the next step. And obviously it led to bigger things. They go to the Finals that year, they go to the Finals next year. They were one of the more exciting teams in the NBA over that five-year period." 

Evan agreed how important that game was for the franchise. 

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"It also was a game where they exercised a lot of their own demons," Eagle said. "They needed it for relevance around the NBA, to be taken seriously...to pay off what that year meant. They did go on a really impressive run. They were an exciting team. It was not a flash in the pan. They sustained it for a number of years. Yes, they go to the Finals the next year, they fall to San Antonio in six games. Even the year after that, they could have very well beaten Detroit that year and if they beat Detroit that year, I think they were going to go to another Finals. They very well could have been an NBA champion. They were good enough to compete at that level."

You can listen to the entire interview with Ian Eagle with Evan and JJ above.