Thursday, May 6, 2010 — Orlando, Fla. — Amway Arena — The NBA Playoffs on ESPN — Commentators Hubie Brown (l) and Mike Tirico call the action for the Atlanta Hawks at Orlando Magic game

In 1972, Hubie Brown was hired as an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks. Since then, Brown has been in or around the league for almost all of the past four and a half decades.

On Monday, ESPN announced a three-year extension for the 83-year-old Brown, which will keep the former coach calling NBA games through the 2019-20 season.

Brown will continue to serve as color commentator alongside Mark Jones for the weekly ABC NBA Sunday Showcase and call marquee games throughout the season, so there’s no slowing down for a guy in his ninth decade.

Hubie has called 14 NBA Finals across television and radio and in 2000 received the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Basketball Hall of Fame. And despite being 83 years old, he’s still a joy to listen to and one of the most knowledgable NBA voices around. You almost can’t listen to a Hubie Brown broadcast without learning something. You also can’t listen to a Hubie Brown broadcast without remarking at how much fun he’s having.

With Vin Scully newly retired, Brown could be America’s favorite octogenarian sportscaster. Like Scully, he’s a relentlessly positive guy with endless stories who takes supreme joy in his job.

We can only hope Brown will stay on TV for many years to come.

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