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Saying Thank You to ‘Johnny Hoops’

After a lifetime of praise and criticism for the Knicks, John Andariese is getting feted at Madison Square Garden, his home for forty years.

Andariese retired from the broadcast booth before the start of this season.

Tomorrow night, MSG holds a special farewell for its native son. Prior to the Knicks tipping up with the Cavs, MSG will run a video tribute to the longtime announcer. After the clips, Andariese wll speak to Knicks play-by-play voice Mike Breen.

At the conclusion of the first quarter, Andariese will be presented the fifth annual Dick McGuire Knickerbocker Legacy Award by the McGuire family. The honor is symblic for someone who shows the cornerstones of the Knicks franchise: Pride, Tradition, and Class. Andariese joins past winners Herb Williams, Mike Saunders, Cal Ramsey, and original honoree, Dick McGuire.

“‘Johnny Hoops’ is one of the great New York basketball personalities and was an integral part of MSG’s Knicks coverage, on both television and radio, for four decades,” said Dan Ronayne, executive VP and general manager, MSG Networks. “Many Knicks fans grew up watching or listening to John and he will always be synonymous with MSG and the New York Knicks.”

Andariese, a stellar forward at Fordham, debuted behind the mic at MSG in 1972 as radio analyst. He also famously provided commentary on the TV side opposite Marv Albert from 1986 to 1998.

Photo courtesy: sportsgrid.com

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