Marv Albert will enjoy the company of Walt Frazier, who joins him in the broadcast wing of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Two Knicks legends back together.
Frazier, the MSG Network color analyst and inductee of the Hall of Fame, was named a Curt Gowdy Award winner in February and will be performing – again – on September 11 in Springfield, Mass.
Albert, the Knicks’ broadcasting chief of radio and television from 1967 to 2004, was inducted into the Hall in 1997.
Albert, 80, who retired from broadcasting after last season’s Eastern Conference Finals, plans to be there for Clyde at Springfield – COVID-19 willing. Albert and Frazier were a team at MSG Network from 2000 to 2004.
“He went on to become a Hall of Famer as a color commentator,” Albert told The Post. “It’s become a top-notch broadcaster, extremely popular. And a lot of his audience has never seen him play, if you think about it.
“Clyde is so personable with fans. That’s how he was – those personality traits – as a player, always with a big smile and talking to the fans.”
Ironically, Albert said he believed Frazier’s improvement as a broadcaster was due to speaking his mind. “The Marvelous One” got into hot water with eccentric Knicks owner James Dolan for doing the same thing, which led to his untimely departure in 2004.
In retirement, Albert has the chance to hear Frazier more than ever since he has seen most of the Knicks games.
“He’s become more opinionated in recent years, which shows his knowledge,” said Albert, who is on the advisory board of the new Earl Monroe Renaissance School.
“Walt took it well. He is not what he is now. He’s really come a long way. Again, he’s not afraid to speak his mind. Not that he shoots, but if he thinks a player has made a mistake defensively, he points it out because he was such a good defender.
“I think the people at the station do that, but the whole philosophy has changed for local TV. They want positive — which I never believed in.”
The Albert Dolan feud has not faded. Dolan paid no tribute to Albert last June when he broadcast his final game at the Garden in Game 5 of the first round series against the Hawks. Albert’s very last game in the dressing room – for TNT – came just weeks later in Atlanta at the Eastern Conference Finals
“Let’s assume it was a disagreement in broadcast philosophy,” Albert said of his Knicks split. “I’ve always felt that you have to be objective.”
Albert took a hike to the garden – for the Stephen Curry game in December, when the Warriors guard set the all-time record for 3-pointers. The tickets were provided to him by his former broadcast partner and close friend, Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
“It was amazing how the crowd cheered him on,” said Albert. “It wouldn’t happen to too many guest players. He’s so good and people love him. They had cell phones to take photos. I got a kick out of it. That wouldn’t have happened in the 1970s (at the Garden). The stars were not so welcomed. It was all about those Knicks teams.”
Albert was the broadcaster for the 1970 and 1973 Knicks championship teams before becoming the national voice of the NBA. The Knicks’ championship drought stands at 49 years.
“If the front office ever managed to turn things around, which isn’t easy, they would be heroes in New York,” Albert said. “But the Eastern Conference has really improved tremendously. It’s one of the better team groups the East has seen in years.”
With his new free time, Albert has started working out with a coach, has watched tons of Yankees and Mets games, and says, “I’m ‘Mr. Binge TV.”’
Albert has scheduled NBA playoff games annually since 1968, and now the playoffs are missing Albert. However, he has kept his hand and worked on some TNT projects that will air later in the playoffs and during next year’s All-Star Weekend.
“You miss it, especially in the playoffs where there’s been so many really good games,” Albert said. “I miss the people I’ve worked with, the preparation. It’s a great feeling after a show when everything fits together. Or it’s an annoying feeling when you feel like it’s so-so.
“I would go back to the hotel and play it again and randomly check the League Pass. The little things that I would say, I would say, “What the heck.” But it’s a great feeling when you know everyone did a really good job.”
https://nypost.com/2022/05/06/marv-albert-thrilled-for-walt-fraziers-hall-of-fame-enshrinement/ Marv Albert was thrilled to be inducted into the Walt Frazier Hall of Fame