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“Mike Breen called him Taco Bell”: Hall of Famer announcer commits hilarious gaffe, calls Celtics center Tacko Fall by name of the fast food chain

Amulya Shekhar

"Mike Breen called him Taco Bell": Hall of Famer announcer commits hilarious gaffe, calls Celtics center Tacko Fall by name of the fast food chain

The Boston Celtics ended their season with an L against the Knicks. But for Knicks announcer Mike Breen, it was still open season.

Boston rested all 7 of its top players, fielding the likes of Payton Pritchard and Aaron Nesmith in their starting lineup. With Jaylen Brown injured, the Celtics’ season is essentially unsalvageable at this moment.

They seem to understand that by now their season is a lost cause, so they’re grooming their youngsters. It hasn’t produced the best of results, obviously, as today’s game indicated. The Knicks came away with a 96-92 win at the Madison Square Garden this afternoon.

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But entertaining us viewers was the unparalleled commentary of Mike Breen in the Knicks’ booth. Breen was inducted to the Naismith Hall of Fame this weekend, and his words and gaffe tonight reminds us of possibly the greatest NBA announcer of all time in Marv Albert.

Mike Breen calls Tacko Fall ‘Taco Bell’ by mistake

It was the 3rd quarter of the game today when this mistake happened. Tacko snagged a defensive rebound despite the Knicks’ best efforts to keep it alive, but Breen somehow contrived to call him ‘Taco Bell’.

It took him a fraction of a second to realize his mistake when Clyde reminded him what he’d done. Frazier asked Mike if he’s feeling hungry, to which Breen replied that he needs a commercial break. It was as immaculately handled as a gaffe as any we’ve seen on live TV.

Clyde and Mike Breen have tons of chemistry with decades spent on the microphone alongside each other. The duo played it off as coolly as possible – in fact, Breen’s declaration at the end may have been even funnier than his gaffe.

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Amulya Shekhar

Amulya Shekhar


Amulya Shekhar is a sports junkie who thrives on the thrills and frills of live sports action across basketball, football (the American variant works too), parkour, adventure sports. He believes sports connect us to our best selves, and he hopes to help people experience sports more holistically.

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