Cavaliers’ announcer McLeod dies suddenly
CLEVELAND — Fred McLeod’s passion poured through the TV no matter what game he was covering.
The longtime sportscaster and announcer, who called Cleveland’s NBA championship in 2016 and told his cameraman to keep rolling when Stanford’s band was on the field in 1982, died Monday. He was 67.
The Cavaliers said McLeod died suddenly but did not elaborate.
A popular play-by-play man because of his fervor and his rapport with commentator and former Cavs guard Austin Carr, McLeod did play-by play of the Cavs for 15 years following a long stint with the Pistons.
McLeod grew up in the Cleveland area, the city’s sports teams in his blood. After LeBron James and the Cavs stormed back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Golden State Warriors for the title three years ago, McLeod called the game’s final seconds and then broke down in tears.
It was the first championship for a Cleveland team since 1964.
James expressed his condolences on Twitter: “May you rest in Paradise my friend!”
The Cavs mourned the loss of a “great friend and teammate.”
“Fred’s deep love for Cleveland and the Cavaliers was clearly evident in everything he did in and around the community and on-air during his more than 1,000 Cavalier game broadcasts,” the team said. “He was a true, heart-felt ambassador for the team, fans and entire greater Cleveland community.”
McLeod spent 22 seasons announcing Pistons games before joining the Cavs in 2006.