The 59-year-old Yesss!!! man is in his fifth decade calling NBA
games. He's working the playoffs on TNT with Mike Fratello.
SI: What's the most exciting event you've covered?
Albert: It's a tie between the Rangers winning their first
Stanley Cup in 54 years in 1994 and the Dream Team taking the
floor in the 1992 Olympics.
SI: You called your first Knicks game in '63 after Marty Glickman
said he was caught in a Paris snowstorm. Does it even snow in
Albert: I think Marty made that up to give me an opportunity. Or
he just didn't want to do that game.
SI: Your brothers [Al and Steve] and a son [Kenny] are also
sportscasters. Are the Alberts the Bushes or the Kennedys of
Albert: We're closer to the Marx Brothers.
SI: Dick Stockton insists he was a year behind you at Syracuse,
but according to your bio, he's somehow several years older than
you. Have you found a secret for maintaining youth?
Albert: When you get older, there are memory lapses. Dick has
probably suffered more than anyone I know.
SI: Is it true that when doctors woke you from your car accident
last April and asked if you knew what season it was, you answered
SI: You once split a best-of-10 Ping-Pong series with Dr. J. Why
didn't you play a best of 11?
Albert: Julius just had enough.
SI: Who won when you played NBA commissioner David Stern?
Albert: He beat me four games to three. He's very tricky. A lot
SI: Are you glad you consented to this interview?
Albert: I'm thrilled.
SI: I was fishing for a "Yesss!!!"
Albert: All right: Yesss!!! --P.M.
For more from Marv Albert, go to si.com/scorecard.
COLOR PHOTO: MANNY MILLAN (ALBERT) Ponged with Dr. J!