Even after knowing he’d received the honor for a few days, longtime Knicks broadcaster John Andariese still had a hard time accepting he’d been named the Curt Gowdy Award winner for electronic media Friday, the same day the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which gives out the Gowdy Award, announced the first five members of its 2014 induction class. “It was a surprise during this past week, and it was a very nice thing to go into,” Andariese told The Post by phone. “I almost thought, ‘My gosh. How can this happen?’ I guess I’m a little older here now or something, though I have the feelings of someone more youthful, believe it or not. “It’s just a thrill. It’s still inside of me right now that [feeling of], ‘Is this really happening?’ It’s been a long time.”
John Andariese Rumors
The Knicks are getting older on the court but younger in the broadcast booth. Knicks legendary broadcaster John Andariese, a team radio staple for 40 years known around the Garden as “Johnny Hoops,’’ has stepped down from his color analyst position, the Knicks announced Friday. Andariese called the Knicks’ last championship — in 1973 with Marv Albert. Andariese will be replaced by Hubie Brown’s son, Brendan Brown. The Knicks had reduced Andariese’s role last season, having him do just home games.