HoopsHype Marv Albert rumors

May 16, 2014 Updates

“Well, I told him it never ends well there. Just look at recent history. It’s because of one man (Dolan),” Albert told me Thursday over the telephone. “There is no happiness there. I say this with all kinds of friends I have there and (the ones) at the MSG Network. Everybody hates being there. For coaches it’s very difficult. Steve couldn’t accept anyone (from MSG’s PR staff) following him around with a tape recorder. Like Phil, Steve is a guy who wants to say what he wants to say,” Albert continued. “He’s very opinionated, which doesn’t always work when you are at the Garden.” During their conversations, Albert said Kerr asked questions, but it was clear he knew “what my whole situation at the Garden was.” New York Daily News

April 18, 2013 Updates

Albert, who began calling NBA action for the New York Knicks in 1967, was courtside at an NBA game that was resurrected in cyberspace Thursday -- Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals. At issue: Whether Chicago's Michael Jordan was suffering from food poisoning, rather than the flu, while turning in a 37-point performance. Albert, who sat courtside to call that game, says he thinks "that's very possible. It's not astonishing it wouldn't be the flu but simply another type of upset stomach. But it was one of the most incredible performances I've seen. He was sick." USA Today Sports

November 15, 2012 Updates

Three reasons why tonight's Celtics-Nets game is an extremely big deal: 1. This is the first game Marv Albert — who was born in Brooklyn, as Marvin Aufrichtig, in 1941 — has ever called in his home borough. 2. That's big on your basic, local-boy-makes-good level. 3. That's big beyond that level, because hometowns aren't simple things. Brooklyn, for example, is where young Marv taught himself play-by-play. But Brooklyn is also the accent he spent years trying to lose. It's where his first surname, Aufrichtig, was taken away. Marv, in other words, is something more complex than Marty Markowitz. If we study the things Marv took from Brooklyn, and the things he had to leave behind, then we can see the formation of the man who will inevitably unleash a "Yes!" tonight. Grantland

For Marv, athletes are slowly being stripped of their mysticism. Marv didn't become a suck-up, the announcer who gleans a few "scoops" for a lifetime as the athlete's unofficial wingman. It's more like he made players into his co-conspirators. "Kenny Sears's stale jokes put the other players to sleep," Marv wrote in the Lincoln Log in 1957. Now, fast-forward three decades. Remember when Michael Jordan hit six first-half 3-pointers in the '92 Finals and gave that I-can't-believe-it-either shrug? It's often forgotten that the guy he was shrugging at — his co-conspirator, you might say — was the NBC announcer whom he liked so much that he'd feel hurt if he didn't get asked for an interview. The guy MJ was shrugging at was Marv. Grantland

October 16, 2012 Updates
October 6, 2012 Updates

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. New York Post

June 12, 2011 Updates

Donnie Walsh and the Knicks parting ways? Marv Albert: I thought it was ridiculous. I don’t know all the behind-the-scenes specifics, but I would have wanted to keep Donnie there two, three more years. He was on the right track. I really do feel he felt they gave up way too much for Carmelo Anthony. I think it became a matter of there’s a new Garden, we want to raise ticket prices. . . . It was a marketing decision more than it was a personnel decision, although Carmelo is a big-time scorer. Donnie is one of the most respected guys in the business . . . it’s a shame. New York Post

An Isiah Thomas return? Marv Albert: How could that possibly happen with the resume you’re looking at? Q: How would you describe the Isiah years with the Knicks? Marv Albert: Not a pretty picture. New York Post

Memories from your days as visiting ballboy before you were Knicks ballboy? Marv Albert: Being in the locker room when Red Auerbach would talk to and inspire his Celtics. And I’ll never forget how Wilt Chamberlain would arrange this with me before the game — he would ask me to go out and get him four hot dogs for halftime. I’d get them late in the second quarter at the concession stand. I’d give them to Wilt and he would just engulf them. New York Post

June 6, 2011 Updates

Marv Albert will join CBS Sports as a play-by-play announcer for coverage of the NFL. CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus announced Monday that Albert will be added to the NFL on CBS team. Albert worked for NBC Sports from 1977-97, announcing the NFL on NBC for 19 years. He will keep his lead role as basketball play-by-play announcer for TNT's Thursday night NBA regular-season and playoff coverage. NFL.com

May 13, 2011 Updates

Is Marv Albert headed to CBS? Industry sources say Albert, TNT's voice of the NBA, is talking to CBS about joining the network to work both NFL football and college basketball. Albert would be adding those gigs to his TNT play-by-play work. Ironically, if Albert does sign with CBS, he would be taking the spots vacated earlier this week by Gus Johnson, who left the network to join Fox as a college football/NFL voice. New York Daily News

October 26, 2010 Updates

Marv Albert, who is a part-time broadcaster for the Nets on YES, defended the team from the tanking charge. “Players could care less about the next season,” Albert said. “It was more of a case that they were so bad that psychologically they got despondent that you just go through the motions.” New York Post

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