Marv Albert, Broadcasting Legend, Retiring After the NBA Playoffs

TNT broadcaster and longtime fan favorite Marv Albert announced that he will be retiring from his play-by-play duties after the 2021 NBA Playoffs.

Sources confirmed to The Athletic early Saturday that Albert will be leaving his position after joining TNT in 1999.

Frequently seen calling games alongside former Sacramento King Chris Webber, Albert will be leaving the network as his contract expires after the season. Webber was announced to part ways with TNT before the start of the playoffs on Friday.

Marv Albert’s career spans nearly 60 years after landing his first play-by-play job in New York in 1963, an entry to a storied journey in sports that would make him not just “the voice of the Knicks,” but transcending into “the voice of basketball.”

Albert’s work stretched beyond basketball, with sportscasting roles for the New York Rangers, Giants, and four years with NFL on CBS before accepting a full-time position broadcasting basketball games for TNT.

Marv Albert is the brother of former broadcaster Steve Albert and father to Kenny Albert. In 2015, Marv was induced into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame.

Fans and athletes across sports media have started sharing their memories of the broadcasting legend’s best calls, with a tribute in line from the NBA before the season comes to an end.

Written by Alejandro Avila

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  1. Hey Alejandro,
    Can’t forget their brother, Al, either…another sports broadcaster. Gotta be a record for broadcasting!
    On January 24, 1984, Al Albert, working for USA network, called what Syracuse fans call the greatest game in the Carrier Dome ever.
    Syracuse faced Boston College, and the teams were tied 73-73 after a missed free throw by Boston College’s Martin Clark. Sean Kerins passed the rebound to Pearl Washington who took three steps and made a half court shot to win the game.
    Al Albert’s call lives in infamy as The Greatest Play By Play Call in the Carrier Dome ever:
    “Washington, two seconds, OHHHH! ‘The Pearl’ hits it ..at midcourt.” Syracuse University basketball fans call that the greatest nine words in Syracuse history.

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