CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls did not have to look far to find a replacement for the retiring Neil Funk. The team on Monday announced Adam Amin, an ESPN veteran who graduated from Addison Trail High School and lives in Chicago, will start in the 2020-21 season.
"Adam knows our fans because he grew up a Bulls fan," team President Michael Reinsdorf said in a statement. "That was important to us. We wanted to find someone who not only had the talent, but who also understood our history and the role the Bulls play in the lives of our city and our fans."
Amin said he is "absolutely ecstatic ... the little kid sitting on the floor of his parents' basement watching Bulls games could never have imagined this."
The move reunites Amin with analyst Stacey King. The two worked together when Amin filled in for Funk starting in 2018.
"As we got to know Adam and became even more familiar with his work, he rose to become our top choice," Reinsdorf said. "Adam brings strong credentials to this role, as well as an energy, charisma and innate storytelling ability that help him immediately connect with his audience whether he's behind a microphone, at an event or on social media. He's a perfect fit to call the next generation of Bulls games."
Amin last week announced he was leaving ESPN after nine years in a thankful and thoughtful post.
Amin has called NBA games, including three consecutive conference finals series, for ESPN and ESPN Radio. He also has done play-by-play on college football, the NFL, MLB playoff broadcasts, two women's Final Fours, five women's College World Series, the McDonald's High School All-American Games, Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, and NCAA championship events in wrestling, volleyball and baseball.
Amin also currently serves as play-by-play voice for Chicago Bears preseason telecasts and works for Fox Sports on the network's NFL and MLB coverage.
The Bulls said that when Amin is doing national work, the team will slot in substitute play-by-play announcers.
NBC Sports Chicago General Manager Kevin Cross called the 33-year-old Amin "a rising star in the sports broadcasting industry ... Adam is a proud Chicagoan who has a deep understanding of the team's history and the enormous impact they have on their local, national and global fan base."
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