Marv Albert Rumors
Andariese had a long association with the Knicks, beginning his broadcasting career as the team’s radio analyst for the 1972-73 season along side Marv Albert. He later worked the 1976-77 season and from 1982-86 and from 1998-2014. For 12 years he teamed up with Albert on TV before returning to radio. In 1983, Andariese became the first color commentator for the “NBA on ESPN.” He also worked for the “NBA on TBS” and added 10 years as a college basketball analyst. For his work, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014 as the Curt Gowdy Award winner.
“The funny thing is, I never had any interest in the NBA,” Adam Schefter told King. “Growing up I did. Growing up, I loved watching the Knicks and Bernard King, and I would listen to Marv Albert in my room on the radio, ’cause nobody’s better at doing a game than Marv Albert. But literally from the time I was a freshman in college, I lost track, forgot and couldn’t care less about the NBA. And then — I don’t even know how all this started — but a couple of years ago, I played these $3 DraftKings games, like, just started doing it.” And it became something of an obsession.
Marv Albert has not called Olympic basketball on NBC for a dozen years. Now, he’s coming back. Hoops informants tell us Albert, TNT’s voice of the NBA, will do play-by-play of men’s basketball for NBC during the network’s coverage of the Rio Summer Olympics, which begins in August.
Veteran broadcaster Marv Albert has agreed to a multiyear contract extension with TNT to call NBA games. Albert will call this weekend’s All-Star Game in Toronto, his 21st year providing commentary for the event. He’ll continue to call regular-season and playoff games for the network.
J.R. Smith drew comparisons to Dennis Rodman this offseason — both from Knicks president Phil Jackson and Rodman himself. Now Smith may have met his version of Michael Jordan. “There are players like LeBron [James] who had great influence on players who have had, let’s say, murky pasts,” said TNT play-by-play man Marv Albert, who is calling the Eastern Conference finals. “Michael Jordan is the same way. When Rodman was brought to Chicago that worked out pretty well, despite some things going on off the court that were a little bit different. On the court he played as hard as anyone in the league. That’s the influence of Michael.
Do you miss television? Kerr: “I don’t miss Marv Albert at all. Let’s make that clear (laughs). You know, I loved it. I loved my job at TNT. As soon as they fire me I’ll probably be back there. But I think it was the right move at the right time for me. A TV gig allowed me to raise my kids and still be part of the game. Now that my kids are older and pretty much out of the house this is the perfect time for this move. I’m really happy.”