Marvin Philip Aufrichtig (born June 12, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York), better known as Marv Albert, is a Hall of Fame NBA announcer who works for ESPN and is also a commentataor on NBA 2K7. He is commonly referred to as the "voice of basketball".
For over 30 years beginning in 1967, Albert was the voice of the New York Knicks on radio and television before being let go by the chairman of the MSG Network and Cablevision after Albert criticized the Knicks' poor play on-air in 2004.
Albert continues to be the lead play-by-play announcer for National Basketball Association games on TNT, a position he assumed in 1999. Indeed, TNT has become his primary commitment ever since his longtime employer NBC lost the NBA broadcasting rights in 2002, and may have played a role in his departure from the Knicks' broadcast booth. The Knicks reportedly wanted Albert to accept a salary commensurate with his reduced Knicks schedule, but also weren't happy about Albert making what Knicks management felt to be overly critical comments about their team in spite of their losing record. Albert also called Wimbledon tennis coverage with Jim Courier and Mary Carillo for TNT.
In the year 2005, Albert officially became the lead play-by-play man for the New Jersey Nets franchise and started calling their games in the 2005–2006 basketball season on the YES Network, often teaming with the NBA veteran, Mark Jackson. He will reportedly call about 50 games a season, with his focus remaining on duties for Westwood One and TNT. He also hosts a basketball-focused interview show on NBA TV, which also airs later on YES. Beginning with the 2008-09 season, Albert will also be paired with his TNT broadcast colleague Mike Fratello on the YES Network.
New York Rangers (hockey)
In addition to the Knicks, Albert had a lengthy tenure (beginning in 1965) calling the games of another Madison Square Garden tenant, the New York Rangers. He handled the radio call of the Rangers' Stanley Cup-clinching victory in 1994.