When NBA games resume at the end of July, they may sound a little different.
Marv Albert, the legendary NBA play-by-play voice, will not be part of TNT’s coverage when the season resumes in the Orlando bubble in Disney World, according to Andrew Marchand of The New York Post.
The 79-year-old falls into the category of those who are among the highest risk of developing complications from COVID-19, hence the decision not to go.
ESPN’s Hubie Brown, 86, is also unlikely to be in Orlando, too.
Kevin Harlan has been TNT’s No. 2 play-by-play announcer for several years and is expected to be among Turner’s on-site crew along with fellow play-by-play men Ian Eagle and Brian Anderson.
Albert has one year remaining on his contract, but has shown no intention to retire since TNT leadership shifted from David Levy to Jeff Zucker, Marchand noted. Under Levy, a plan was initiated to have Anderson replace Albert.
Albert was the voice of the New York Knicks from 1967 to 2004 and has been TNT's lead play-by-play voice for NBA games since 1999.