MSG Network posted its first video message regarding the coronavirus — and they tabbed a future Hall of Famer to deliver it.
Longtime Knicks broadcaster Mike Breen, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in September after winning the Curt Gowdy Award, issued a plea to New Yorkers from his driveway on Long Island.
“Man, do I miss NBA basketball,” Breen began, clutching a basketball. “And I know you do, too. I can’t wait to get back to a packed arena where I watch our extraordinary players do extraordinary things. But we have to play our role.”
The broadcasting legend then dove into an impassioned rant on what we can do during the coronavirus pandemic. The NBA season was suspended on March 11 after Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19.
“I know you’re tired of hearing this but wash your hands,” Breen said. “I mean, wash your hands, 20 seconds, lots of soap, lather up. Don’t be touching our eyes, nose or mouth. But most importantly, practice social distancing. It’s not just some phrase. It’s a way of life right now and we have to practice it. So please do your part and we’ll get back doing what we love to do – that’s watch NBA basketball. And for me, it’s calling NBA basketball. NBA together.”
With that, Breen turned and swished a 20-foot jumper.
Breen’s message came a day after his national partner on ESPN/ABC, former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy, told The Post he’s convinced the season won’t get restarted and admitted his priorities have changed.
“You miss the normalcy of work,” Van Gundy said. “But the overwhelming thing is the relative unimportance of basketball. It’s just not as important. It’s a business, entertainment. It does things in that way. But all anybody can think about is not work. It’s health and what we can do.”