Marv Albert Rumors
The legendary Marv Albert was the voice of the Knicks when they won their NBA championships in 1970 and ‘73. Red Holzman’s Willis Reed-Clyde Frazier teams remain the gold standard. That’s the way it is when Knicks fans find themselves trying to scratch a 48-year itch. “They appreciate good defense, and they appreciate good passing,” Albert said. “That era was so popular because of the way they’d swing the ball, which is what Golden State did through their championship years. Steve Kerr believed in that, and so did (Spurs coach Gregg) Popovich. Those Knicks teams were very smart. Red had five coaches on the floor, basically.”
Long before he captivated the city with his signature “YES!”, before he attended Lincoln High School, Albert was just another fan mesmerized by the Knicks. “They would cheer a good screen that was meant to set up a shooter,” he said, and laughed. “They knew the game so well.”
Knicks fans still know it so well. “It’s still gonna take a while, but it’s very nice that they’ve done what they’ve done,” Albert said. “The Knicks fan who is just ready to jump for joy constantly, I applaud them, that’s great! The realist will look at it and say, ‘This is wonderful, let’s hope it keeps going at a decent pace the way it’s been going.’”
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.
Later on, the undrafted 6-foot-6 forward became a fan favorite and was immortalized in the Beastie Boys song “Lay It On Me” with the lyric: “My favorite New York Knick was Harthorne Wingo.” “Just when he went to the scorer’s table and crouched down, the crowd would go wild,” Albert told The Post. “He was a terrific guy, the most popular among the players and the crowd latched onto it. They knew he played hard, had an unusual jump shot and he had that smile. The players got a kick out of it. Very lovable.”