Marv Albert thrilled for Walt Frazier’s Hall of Fame enshrinement

Marv Albert will benefit from the company with Walt Frazier becoming a member of him within the broadcasting wing of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Two Knicks legends collectively once more.

Frazier, the MSG Network shade analyst and Hall-of-Fame guard, was named in February because the Curt Gowdy Award winner and shall be enshrined – once more – on Sept. 11 in Springfield, Mass.

Albert, the Knicks’ broadcasting kingpin on radio and TV from 1967 to 2004, was inducted into the Hall in 1997.

Having retired from broadcasting after final season’s Eastern Conference Finals, Albert, 80, plans to be there in Springfield for Clyde – COVID-19 prepared. Albert and Frazier had been an MSG Network group from 2000 to 2004.

“He has developed right into a Hall-of-Famer as a shade commentator,’’ Albert informed The Post. “He’s change into first-rate broadcaster, extraordinarily fashionable. And a lot of his viewers by no means noticed him play when you consider it.

“Clyde is so personable with followers. It’s the identical means he was – these persona traits – as a participant, at all times with a giant smile and speaking with followers.’’

Marv Albert (left) and Walt Frazier in 1999.
Marv Albert (left) and Walt Frazier in 1999.

Ironically, Albert mentioned he believes Frazier’s enchancment as a broadcaster got here as a result of he voiced his opinions. “The Marvelous One’’ bought in sizzling water with Knicks eccentric proprietor James Dolan for doing the identical, which led to his untimely departure in 2004.

In retirement, Albert has an opportunity to take heed to Frazier greater than ever as he’s watched a majority of Knicks video games.

“He’s change into extra opinionated lately, which demonstrates his information,’’ Albert, who’s on the advisory board for the brand new Earl Monroe Renaissance School, mentioned. 

“Walt took to it nicely. He’s not what he’s now. He’s actually come a great distance. Again, he’s not afraid to provide his opinion. Not that he’s taking pictures but when he thinks a participant erred defensively, he factors it out as a result of he was such a great defender.

“l assume the community guys try this however the entire philosophy has modified for native (TV). They need optimistic – which I by no means believed in.’’

The Albert-Dolan feud hasn’t pale. Dolan didn’t give Albert a tribute final June when he broadcast his remaining recreation on the Garden in Game 5 of the first-round sequence in opposition to the Hawks. Albert’s last-ever recreation within the sales space – for TNT – was simply weeks later in Atlanta within the Eastern Conference Finals

“Let’s say it was a disagreement in broadcast philosophy,’’ Albert mentioned of his Knicks cut up. “I at all times felt you needed to be goal.’’

Albert made one trek to the Garden — for the Stephen Curry recreation in December when the Warriors guard set the all-time file for 3-pointers made. The tickets had been courtesy of his former broadcast accomplice and shut pal, Warriors coach Steve Kerr.

“It was super the best way the group was rooting for him,’’ Albert mentioned. “It wouldn’t occur to too many visiting gamers. He comes throughout so nicely and folks love him. They had telephones out taking pictures. I bought a kick out of it. In the 1970’s (on the Garden) that wouldn’t occur. The stars weren’t welcomed that means. It was all about these Knicks groups.’’

Albert was the broadcaster for the 1970 and 1973 Knicks championship groups earlier than he turned the nationwide voice of the NBA. The Knicks’ championship drought stands at 49 years.

Marv Albert during the 2021 NBA playoffs
Marv Albert through the 2021 NBA playoffs
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“If the entrance office is ever in a position to flip it round, which isn’t simple, they’d be heroes in New York,’’ Albert mentioned. “But the Eastern Conference has actually improved immensely. It’s one of the higher teams of groups the East has seen in years.’’

With his new leisure time, Albert has began understanding with a coach, seen a ton of Yankees and Mets video games and says “I’ve change into ‘Mr. Binge TV.’’’

Since 1968, Albert has known as NBA playoff video games yearly and now the playoffs miss Albert. However, he has saved his hand in it, engaged on just a few TNT tasks that can air later within the playoffs and through subsequent year’s All-Star Weekend. 

“You miss it, particularly within the playoffs the place there’s been so many actual good video games,’’ Albert mentioned. “I miss the individuals I labored with, the preparation. After a broadcast it’s an important feeling when all of it comes collectively. Or it’s an annoying feeling should you really feel if it’s so-so.

“I’d return to the lodge and replay it and spot test on League Pass. The little issues I’d say, I’d be like “what the heck.’’ But it’s an important feeling when you understand all people did an actual good job.’’

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