It was early in the day, so [Marv Albert] could be excused for the raspy rattle in his voice as he talked over the telephone about the matchup between the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets a few days before the start of the NBA Finals. Asked about the state of his precious pipes, Albert said simply, "I don't peak until 3 o'clock."
"Even before this series started, there was this perception that `Oh, it's Marv Albert and it'll be a Knick broadcast,' " Albert said. "But when they listen, they may hear enthusiasm for a basket by the Knicks, but they'll hear the same enthusiasm for their team's basket too. ... I feel like I have to be true to myself, and that's all I can do."
There are times in his play-by-play when Albert does as much analyzing as partner Matt Guokas, definitely the weak link in NBC's broadcast. His hiring as the network's top NBA analyst, replacing Cleveland Coach Mike Fratello, was somewhat surprising last fall, and while he may be competent enough at the local level on Orlando Magic games Guokas is out of his league on NBC. His opinions are mostly blah, and I often find myself tuning out when he starts talking.
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