Neil Funk, the soundtrack to all six Bulls championships and a fixture on the franchise’s radio and TV broadcasts for close to three decades, will take a step towards retirement this season.
The Bulls announced early Monday that Funk, 71, will reduce his TV duties by 20 road games. A rotating crew of announcers who have yet to be finalized will work alongside analyst Stacey King, the Bulls said.
“Neil has established an impressive NBA broadcasting career spanning almost five decades,” Bulls president and COO Michael Reinsdorf said in a statement. “We appreciate everything Neil does. He’s a pro’s pro who brings a wealth of basketball knowledge to every game.”
The team said Funk, who is entering his 47th year of broadcasting overall, requested the reduction of his role.
“I’m thrilled to be back for another year calling Bulls games,” Funk said in a statement. “The Bulls are such a terrific organization both on and off the court. I want to thank both Jerry and Michael Reinsdorf for their understanding and for allowing me to take a small step back in my broadcasting schedule after all these years.”