TAG: Marv Albert

Smack / May 16, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Marv Albert Told Steve Kerr “There Is No Happiness” With The Knicks

Steve Kerr, Marv Albert

Steve Kerr shocked more than a few basketball watchers when he signed a five-year, $25-million deal with the Warriors after a long and public courtship by the Phil Jackson, the head of basketball operations for the Knicks. Now Kerr’s TNT announcing partner, Marv Albert, tells the New York Daily News his thoughts on the Knicks when Kerr asked his opinion. Read More »

Smack / Jun 3, 2012 / 5:43 am

Kevin Durant Saves Oklahoma City

Kevin Durant

The whole “clutch gene” thing has taken on a life of its own in the past year or two. It’s become an impossible standard to live up to. But for once, even with great player after great player succumbing to its weight and expectations, someone stepped up and met the challenge. Through the Western Conference Finals’ first three games, Kevin Durant had 13 fourth quarter points. Last night in OKC’s series-tying 109-103 win, he dropped 18 and made every single big basket. Durant (36 points) wasn’t just hitting jumpers either; In fact, most of his buckets in the fourth quarter were tear drops or midrange pull-ups, the hardest shots to master in the game. He made pretty much all of them, and by the time it was over, he had officially stamped his blueprint on a series that suddenly looks very interesting. Read More »

NBA, Video / May 9, 2012 / 10:30 am

Video: Kobe’s Crazy Left-Handed Shot Against The Nuggets

Kobe Bryant

In the last few minutes of Denver’s improbable Game 5 win in L.A. last night, Kobe Bryant was straight surgical with the rock, taking everyone in Denver on a ride back to 2006. He hit triple after triple, and when his final shot didn’t fall, it was an anti-climatic finish to an awesome 43-point night. Here’s his most acrobatic shot of the night, a play that seemed to be pleading with Marv Albert to call, “Ohhhh, a specTACular move by … KOBE BRYANT!” Read More »

NBA / May 17, 2011 / 10:00 am

TNT’s Reggie Miller, Steve Kerr & Marv Albert Talk NBA Playoffs


As we mentioned in Smack, I got the chance to participate in a conference call yesterday with TNT and the voices of the Eastern Conference Finals: Reggie Miller, Steve Kerr and Marv Albert. They broke down the Chicago and Miami matchup for nearly 45 minutes, and TNT alerted me that Game 1 on Sunday night was actually the most watched NBA game of all-time in cable history. It finished with a 6.2 rating and over 11 million viewers. The amount of hype and anticipation for this series is clearly exceeding even our own lofty expectations. Read More »

NBA / Jun 7, 2010 / 3:30 pm

Barack Obama Should Call An NBA Finals Game

President Barack Obama (photo. Pete Souza)

During the Suns-Lakers series, TNT showed Marv Albert‘s interview with President Barack Obama. If you remember, the interview was really interesting. Usually when a politician talks about sports, you yawn and don’t pay much attention. However, with Obama, I was drawn in the entire time and thoroughly impressed by his basketball knowledge and insights into the game. Obama is a great speaker, and his interview proved that not only is he great when writing his own speeches, but also when doing an interview. Even if you hate Obama’s guts as a politician and disagree with everything that he does in office, as a basketball fan, there is no denying how awesome it was to see the President talk hoops with Marv. Read More »

Smack / Jan 22, 2010 / 1:55 am

The Puppet Show


Unlike some nights when you have to choose between five different games on League Pass, one on NBA TV and reruns of “Jersey Shore,” tonight was one of the few instances where everything came together. As the League’s top two teams and top two players squared off, all eyes were on Kobe vs. LeBron, and the League’s No. 1 and 1a did not disappoint … The mood was set before the jump, as “O Fortuna” from Carl Orff‘s Carmina Burana blasted from the speakers. Aside from perhaps “The Ride of the Valkyries” when the helicopters attack the village in Apocalypse Now, there’s nothing more epic … Read More »

NBA / Nov 20, 2009 / 1:58 pm

Marv Albert’s Not Scared Of 50 Cent

50 Cent

50 Cent is easily hip-hop’s biggest bully. He’s had beef with everyone from Ja Rule to The Game to Rick Ross. Now he can add legendary TV commentator Marv Albert to that list. According to a bizarre LA Times story, on Thursday night Marv Albert got into an altercation with 50 Cent and his posse. Both were guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live and apparently the altercation stemmed from Albert walking into 50’s dressing room. 50 and his posse did not recognize Albert and got hostile with the NBA announcer. Read More »

Smack / Nov 13, 2009 / 2:30 am

Super Smash Brothers

D-Wade vs. LeBron

You know you pulled off an incredible dunk when your team doesn’t even win the game, you lost to a team that features arguably the best/most famous (active) basketball player in the world and one of the two other most famous players in the world, the dunk itself happened way back in the first quarter of an East Coast tip-off, and it’s STILL the first everybody is talking about around the water cooler. A few minutes into Heat/Cavs, LeBron looked like he was gonna put somebody on a poster when he got a step on his defender and approached the rim with bad intentions. LBJ got stuffed by Jermaine O’Neal, though, creating a one-man fast break for Dwyane Wade. Read More »