OKC Thunder: Q&A with TNT play-by-play man Marv Albert

by Mel Bracht Published: May 6, 2014
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Are you surprised Kevin Durant won the MVP in such a landslide?

No. There’s no question. He had a spectacular season. As great as LeBron was. It wasn’t close. There were other candidates. Blake Griffin would be one and LeBron. To me, this is one of the most clear-cut decisions.

As a former longtime radio voice of the Knicks have you given Steve Kerr any advice about taking the Knicks coaching job?

Well, I personally have been sending his resumes out to every NBA team and D-league team, also. We’ve had enough. (Albert laughs.) What has been written has been accurate. He’s thinking it all over. That’s a tough place. But he’s a guy who is so good at communicating and dealing with people, with media. And of course, Phil is there who is also so good with dealing with media and people. It’s a great combination, but it’s a franchise that really has a long way to go. ... Steve needs time. He’s trying to think it through. On a serious note, we hate to lose him. He is just tremendous and just a wonderful guy.

Many viewers miss Craig Sager, who is battling leukemia. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich even had a shout out to him. Have you had a chance to talk to him?

I visited him. I live in New York. I stopped off in Atlanta to spend some time with him. He’s tough and he’s been in great spirits. As he says, he is so happy that he has all these playoff games to watch, even when he’s getting treatments he’s watching the games. I said to Craig, ‘Do you realize when you come back you’re going to get standing ovations everywhere and do you realize how annoying that’s going to be.’ He is really handling it extremely well. We look forward to seeing him back.


by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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