Marv Albert, who called his first NBA game in 1963, will call his final one this summer according to Andrew Marchand and Phil Mushnick of the New York Post, ending a storied broadcasting career spanning nearly six decades. The legendary hoops announcer will retire from his post at TNT, where he has served as lead play-by-play voice since 1999, at the conclusion of this year’s NBA playoffs, which begin next week. Citing health concerns amid the COVID pandemic, the 79-year-old declined to call games when the NBA staged its Orlando Bubble last summer.
Albert’s partner in the booth, Chris Webber, mutually parted ways with TNT earlier this week. The Post confirms Albert’s departure is unrelated to Webber leaving the network. A Brooklyn native, Albert has been behind the mic for nine NBA Finals, eight Super Bowls and seven Stanley Cup Finals while also calling matches at Wimbledon, Monday Night Football for Westwood One and NCAA Tournament games for CBS/Turner.
Recipient of the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 1997, Albert has lent his voice to some of the most memorable moments in NBA history, including Michael Jordan’s “Flu Game” against Utah in the ’97 Finals, Robert Horry’s walk-off dagger to stun Sacramento in the '02 Western Conference Finals and the time Tracy McGrady went ballistic by dropping 13 points on San Antonio in just 35 seconds. Albert’s son, Kenny, was recently named TNT’s lead NHL announcer, an assignment he'll begin next season.
With Albert, who previously called Knicks games on MSG (a role now belonging to Mike Breen), headed for retirement, Kevin Harlan, Ian Eagle and Brian Anderson are left atop TNT’s broadcast pecking order.