Local NBA Season to Begin Minus Marv Albert

With the 149-day NBA lockout on the path to ending over the weekend, the season will be salvaged with a Christmas Day start. The only remaining issue is for the league and the union to iron-out a new collective bargaining agreement.

For many weeks, fans were subjected to revenue sharing and economics 101.

But there is a bigger picture with the NBA likely to resume next month.

There will be no Marv Albert calling local NBA games, after decades in the broadcast booth. But Albert, 70, announced in June that he would leave the YES Network to concentrate on his new NFL gig with CBS. He’s still the top broadcaster of NBA action on TNT. He joined TNT in 1999.

Not many years removed from his Syracuse University days, Albert hooked up with the Knicks in 1967. Virtually every season for the next 37 years, Albert was the lead voice, either on radio or TV. However, in 2004, the iconic sportscaster was surprisingly yanked from the MSG Network by Garden CEO James Dolan for being overly critical of his ballclub on the air.

A year later, and somewhat fittingly, Albert resurfaced across the river at YES. There he showcased his signature catch phrase, the same as network’s name, as the lead voice for Nets games. Ultimately, he would begin to reduce his schedule. By last season, the pendulum had swung in favor of Ian Eagle, who called the bulk of the games (50) to Albert’s 25.

Albert, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and Brooklyn native, also began covering the NCAA Tournament last year in a joint partnership with Turner and CBS.