Marv Albert revels in his final Knicks game despite lack of tribute

The Knicks’ season ended Wednesday — and so did legend Marv Albert’s broadcasting career at the Garden.

The Knicks’ season ended Wednesday — and so did legend Marv Albert’s broadcasting career at the Garden.

Because of his feud with Knicks chairman James Dolan, the Garden didn’t acknowledge the giant moment with a video tribute.

Just as good, Albert, who started as a Knicks broadcaster in 1967, received plenty of texts from past Knicks — including Pat Riley and Phil Jackson.

“It was just wonderful to be in an actual building with live players and crowd,’’ Albert told The Post. “And it brought back a lot of memories for me. It turned out what we hoped for in a telecast. A great game to do, a tremendous night.”

The retiring Albert, who turns 80 on June 12, will continue working for TNT through the Eastern Conference finals. Hence, the Brooklyn-born announcer could call his last game in Brooklyn. But it won’t be as sentimental as Wednesday’s.

From 1967-2004, Albert was voice of the Knicks on radio, then on TV with Walt Frazier as his partner. Frazier was also doing Wednesday’s game for MSG Network 15 rows up. They were just 10 feet apart for the historic occasion. Former Knicks villain Reggie Miller served as Albert’s TNT partner.

Marv Albert

“Particularly having Reggie Miller with me with all that Garden history and he has such a feel for the Garden, and the Trae Young stuff, Spike Lee being there, it was fantastic,” Albert said. “Spike and Reggie are friends now.

“Due to their situation [the Knicks] haven’t been on the network for quite some time. I hadn’t done a Knicks game in a few years.”

An NBA entertainment camera crew trailed Albert across the night for an upcoming documentary on his 55-year broadcasting career that also saw him call Rangers games on the radio. Albert filmed a piece of the documentary Wednesday.

During the pandemic season, TNT’s announcers weren’t allowed in arenas — until this week. Albert called games from New York and Atlanta studios.

Having the Garden crowd of 16,500 at full roar — despite the season-ending loss — made the night most special.

“Everything felt just right,” Albert said. “I told Reggie the Knicks would get a standing ovation at the end.”

Albert lives in Soho and has a place in South Beach, Fla., where he’ll spend most of his time in retirement. He thinks the Knicks could be a bigger threat next season.

“Tom Thibodeau did a great job,” Albert said. “Their defense in the regular season was so incredible. But it’s different in the playoffs, and Atlanta had so much more talent. The Knicks still have to able to attract free agents, and that’s still the big question. I think management has something up their sleeve.”

Asked about Dolan’s Garden not acknowledging his final game in the arena, Albert said, “I didn’t think about it. I was amazed how they’ve renovated the Garden and how spectacular it is now.”

This story originally appeared on: NyPost - Author:Marc Berman

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