Breen helped steer Dedes to take the Lakers' radio job when it opened after the 2005 season, even if it meant pulling up his East Coast roots.
I thought it was a job he had to take, because of the stature of it," Breen said of Dedes (Fordham Class of '01) landing the Lakers' gig.
Dedes says he still finds it amazing to wake up at timesand realize where he is career-wise.
Lakers broadcaster Spero Dedes, left, and ABC's Mike Breen, two Fordham graduates, are doing play-by-play in the NBA Finals.
Fordham alumni newsletters aside, if somewhere down the road Dedes ends up being mentioned in the same class of Scully, it won't come as much of a surprise to many in the business.
Dedes gave himself ``about a one-percent chance'' of landing this Lakers job, which came open in March after the team somehow decided not to rehire Paul Sunderland and then moved Joel Meyers from radio to TV.
About a month after Dedes decided to apply for the Lakers' job last spring, Don Martin, the program director at the team's flagship station AM-570, established contact.
Until then, I didn't want to get my hopes up because I figured all the top guys would be gunning for that job,'' said Dedes.
From there, it was just a matter of Dedes becoming acclimated to the grind of an NBA season, starting with training camp in Honolulu.
Dedes actually entered Fordham as a business major, but couldn't get past his first math class.
I just feel so lucky to get my first real play-by-play job with a first-class organization like the Lakers, watching someone like Kobe Bryant in the prime of his career,'' said Dedes.
1 -- color) Spero Dedes, pictured, got help in adjusting to the West Coast after meeting up with fellow Fordham alum Vin Scully.