5 Questions for Marv Albert
The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand recently spoke with ASA Advisory Board member Marv Albert. Albert, 64, does the NBA on TNT, broadcasts Nets games for YES, and is the Super Bowl voice for Westwood One Radio.
Q: What was the difference for you this season doing the Nets on YES compared to the Knicks on MSG?
A: I would have had an impossible time doing the Knicks this year. From spending the past season with the Nets, from management to head coach, Lawrence Frank, to the players to all the guys at YES to working with Mark Jackson, I would say it was one of the most enjoyable seasons I have ever experienced.
Q: Why would you have had an impossible time doing the Knicks?
A: Because you would not be able to broadcast the way that you should. I’m talking about basics, just saying certain things, painting the picture, just being a mirror of what is taking place.
Q: Are you surprised how the Larry Brown/Knick situation has turned out?
A: I thought it would be bad, but not this bad. I think there is a deep hole because of the salary cap. They have a number of players they cannot trade. It is very tough to get lucky in the draft, particularly because they gave away their No. 1. There has been no indication that they are capable of securing the right players. It is incredible that there is no plan.
Q: How many more years do you want to broadcast?
A: As long as I enjoy it and I’m feeling the same way that I have the last 25 years or so.
Q: So if you lost a step, you would retire?
A: I definitely would. I watch tapes all the time. I think that is important to do. You have to check yourself out. Definitely, once I felt that. But broadcasting is the type of field where you can go a long time. When you look around- not only in sports, but news- as long as stay sharp, you can go a long time. I don’t see doing this schedule a long time. You look 20 years down the road, I don’t see that.