What was the turning point for why you decided to retire after you call the Eastern Conference Finals? Albert: “There was no real turning point. But three or four years ago, I felt it was time. I know next November, I’m going to miss it once the league starts up again. But I’ll be watching everything. I’m going to watch all sports. It’s been 55 years of NBA broadcasting, and that’s a lot of talking. I’ll miss getting together with coaches before and after games. Some have become friends before or after working with me, including Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr. There are others, too. I’ll miss the chats we’ll have with them before games or at the hotels and also in our production meetings.”
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Marv Albert is retiring after the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals, ending a broadcasting career spanning nearly 60 years. Albert will call the series for TNT. He has been with Turner Sports for 22 years, 19 as an NBA play-by-play announcer. Albert, known for his signature “Yes!” call, turns 80 next month. He has covered everything from football and boxing to hockey, baseball and tennis.
Albert also called eight Super Bowls and eight Stanley Cup Finals. “My 55 years of broadcasting the NBA has just flown by and I’ve been fortunate to work with so many wonderful and talented people,” Albert said. “Now, I’ll have the opportunity to hone my gardening skills and work on my ballroom dancing.”
Marv Albert and Reggie Miller call Heat-76ers on Thursday night. It could possibly be the final regular season game for the legendary Albert, who turns 80 next month; Albert and Turner haven’t said if he will return next season.
Marv Albert’s voice has been the soundtrack of the NBA for decades. His legendary calls, punctuated by his signature “Yes!” have been a part of sports — especially in New York — since the 1960s. In his final season of his eight-year contract with Turner, Albert, 79, soon may put down his headset for the final time.
“I’m winding down,” Albert told The Post. “I’m not sure when. I think that is certainly ahead. I don’t want to be dishonest about it. The day will come.” First, though, there is good news on the horizon for Albert and all those who have revered his calls for decades. On Tuesday, after his chat with The Post, he was scheduled to receive his second COVID-19 vaccine shot.
While Albert’s career has spanned generations, he is not looking for any retirement tours. Since he will do the playoffs to end this season, he said he may not even definitively know when it is his final game, though he and TNT appear to be on the same page. “They’ve been great,” Albert said.
After this season, Albert has one more year remaining on his contract with TNT and the previous Turner regime, led by David Levy, had a plan to move Anderson in as Albert’s replacement. However, with Zucker now in charge, those plans have been scuttled and Albert has shown no intention to retire. He expects to return next year.
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Spoelstra has accepted an invitation to join the USA Basketball coaching staff for its Olympic preparations in Las Vegas next month. The Miami Heat coach, who went head-to-head against Popovich and San Antonio in the 2013 and 2014 NBA Finals, will be involved coaching the U.S. select team — a group of players that will be brought in to practice and scrimmage against the Olympic roster.
“I really just want to be a part of the program,” Spoelstra said. “I’m always pushing myself to get better in the offseasons; I go visit people and all that stuff. This is going to be a basketball immersion. I mean, the dinners, the team meetings … for where I am right now in my career, I think this is the perfect thing for a summer of development.”