On Saturday night, Reggie Miller paid tribute to the Hall of Fame broadcaster Marv Albert after the TNT game.
Albert is ending his last call to the network. The Bucks defeated the Eagles in Game 6 of the Atlanta Eastern Conference Finals. Miller, his last analyst, briefly talked about Albert’s contribution to NBA history.
“You gave the basketball game talent with your voice,” Miller said.
Albert then got the last sentence because he signed it for the last time before retiring. He talked about the photo montage of his 55 years of broadcasting career.
There was another moment when the 80-year-old Albert seemed to want to stay behind the microphone. He mentioned his comments to TNT colleague Ernie Johnson.
“And Ernie, as I told you a few weeks ago, I wish I could start again. I’m so happy,” Albert said. He then quickly signed.
“You gave the basketball game talent with your voice.” ✊
Hall of Fame anchor Marv Albert ended his legendary career. pic.twitter.com/4ONADiRqOo
-NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) July 4, 2021
A moment later, during the suspension, Miller led the audience to a standing ovation, and the fans sat behind TNT’s sidelines in the State Farm Arena.
Then came a long interview with the cast of “NBA on TNT” by Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal. Everyone took turns to salute Albert.
The NBA’s Twitter account posted a 5 1/2 minute video tribute of its own, which included memorable calls such as “Willis is coming” and “Michael Jordan’s canonical TACULAR move.”
Nearly 60 years later, Marve Albert, the anchor of the Hall of Fame, completed his last game. From his outstanding performance as an announcer for the Knicks to his role in national NBA games, Albert has been the soundtrack for generations of fans. pic.twitter.com/CVmBnfct8w
-NBA (@NBA) July 4, 2021
Of course, Albert’s career is not limited to basketball. For decades, he has been a radio voice actor for the NHL Rangers and a frequent guest on NFL Internet broadcasts. He also did a lot of boxing and some Major League Baseball work.
But yes, he is synonymous with the NBA. Appropriately, he bowed in the NBA arena.