Yes! and it counts! That was the plan for Marv Albert, scheduled to be at the mic as the Nets made their official start in Brooklyn last weekend. Fittingly, Albert was to handle the play-by-play opening night against the Knicks for TNT. But Hurricane Sandy canceled that great storyline for the NBA’s preemient voice. Despite the change of plans, Albert, a Brooklyn boy, is part of FishbowlNY’s special series commemorating Brooklyn’s resumption of professional sports.
His homecoming will have to wait as Albert is expected to broadcast from the Barclays Center for TNT two times later this season.
Unless you’ve been under a rock since the 1960s, you know Albert’s amazing resume and, of course, his ties to New York. He called Knicks games, either or radio or TV, for almost 40 years. In 2005, Nets began his association with the Nets as lead play-by-play announcer on the YES Network. Albert has always maintained his legendary break neck pace, but wasn’t able to keep the Nets games on his full plate after last season.
“CBS came to me with the NFL. It was at the time right after Turner and CBS had put together the college basketball deal where I ended up doing Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight games on CBS,” Albert admits. “It was something I just felt I couldn’t pass up. I knew I would end up doing major games in Brooklyn for Turner. It would have been just too much. I could have stayed and done a partial schedule, and that was the thought, but it would have been just too many games.”
Now, though, Albert is able to wax nostalgic about his childhood.