Marv Albert on calling Knicks-Hawks game onsite, Reggie Miller-Trae Young vs. Knicks, recent fan incidents and why he’s retiring


NBA on TNT announcers Marv Albert and Reggie Miller will be at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday to call Game 5 of the New York Knicks’ first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks. That will mark the first telecast Albert and Miller call together from an NBA arena this season because of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hence, NBA fans might react with the similar one-word answer that has become Albert’s signature call for memorable players.

Albert spoke with USA TODAY Sports about calling Game 5 at MSG, the antagonism Knicks fans have had toward NBA stars both past (Miller) and present (Trae Young), and the recent string of ugly fan incidents. Albert also explained why he will retire following the Eastern Conference Finals in what will mark his 55th year as an NBA broadcaster with various stops with NBC, Turner Sports and MSG. The interview below has been edited for brevity and clarity.

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