When the legendary Funk announced his retirement in October, the organization knew it had huge shoes to fill. Amin, a Chicago native, will get that opportunity.
More than four decades on the mic.
The voice of the team for five of its six Michael Jordan-led titles.
Neil Funk was a broadcasting legend.
When he made it public back in 2019 that this would be his last go-around as the Bulls play-by-play announcer, it was obviously huge shoes to fill.
Chicago native Adam Amin, 33, will make an attempt to do just that.
The organization made the Amin hiring official on Monday, with the former ESPN broadcaster now the new television voice of the Bulls.
“We knew replacing Neil would not be an easy task, but as we got to know Adam over the last two seasons and became even more familiar with his work, he rose to become our top choice,’’ team president and COO Michael Reinsdorf said in a statement. “Adam knows our fans because he grew up a Bulls fan. 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. When he and Stacey [King] worked together, we received so much positive feedback that I know our fans are going to really enjoy the work of this new broadcast duo.
“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 as our new TV play-by-play announcer to call the next generation of Bulls games, and we’re thrilled that he’s joining the Bulls family.’’
Amin had filled in for Funk over the past few seasons, and had built an instant relationship with King. That was also big in making the decision.
“The experience of filling in for Mr. Funk gave me a glimpse of what it’s like to work with such an exceptional group of professionals inside the Bulls organization and NBC Sports Chicago,” Amin said. “To have the privilege of joining the Chicago Bulls broadcast team is way beyond a dream coming true. The little kid sitting on the floor of his parents’ basement watching Bulls games could never have imagined this. I am absolutely ecstatic and truly grateful to the organization for trusting me with this opportunity.’’