It was awarded to Reggie Miller to present TNT’s post-game tribute Saturday night to Hall of Fame announcer Marv Albert.
Albert was finishing his last call to the net, the Bucks’ victory over the Hawks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals in Atlanta. Miller, his last analyst, briefly mentioned what Albert contributed to NBA history.
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“You gifted basketball with your voice,” Miller said.
Albert then had the last word when he last signed before retiring. He spoke about a photo montage of his 55-year television career.
There was also a time when 80-year-old Albert seemed to yearn to stay behind the microphone. He referred to a comment he made to TNT colleague Ernie Johnson.
“And Ernie, like I told you a couple of weeks ago, I wish I could start over. It’s been a joy,” Albert said. He followed with a quick goodbye.
“You gave him the game of basketball with your voice.” ✊
Hall of Fame announcer Marv Albert wraps up a legendary career. pic.twitter.com/4ONADiRqOo
– NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) July 4, 2021
Moments later, while off the air, Miller led a standing ovation with fans seated behind TNT’s courtside location at State Farm Arena.
And then came an extended interview with the “NBA on TNT” cast of Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal. They each took turns greeting Albert.
The NBA’s Twitter account posted its own 5 1/2 minute tribute video, which featured memorable calls such as “Here Comes Willis” and “A Specific Michael Jordan TACULAR Move.”
After nearly 60 years, Hall of Fame announcer Marv Albert has worked his final game. From his remarkable announcing career for the Knicks to his role in calling the NBA’s biggest national games, Albert has been the soundtrack of fans for generations. pic.twitter.com/CVmBnfct8w
– NBA (@NBA) July 4, 2021
Albert’s career was not limited to basketball, of course. It was the radio voice of the NHL Rangers for decades and a fixture on the NFL network broadcasts. He did a lot of boxing and also some major league work.
But yes, it is synonymous with NBA. Appropriately, he retired into an NBA stadium.