We've saved the biggest guest for the AA Podcast thus far for our 78th episode as broadcasting legend Marv Albert joins us before TNT's All-Star Game coverage this weekend. Regarded as "the voice of basketball," Albert has been on hand to witness many of the greatest moment in NBA history. In addition, he's called Super Bowls, Stanley Cup Finals, NCAA Tournaments and much more as one of the top announcers of the last 50 years. Today we talk with Marv about the All-Star Game, the season so far, and his career in broadcasting. Topics include…
-What makes the All-Star broadcast unique from any other.
-Top storylines, surprises, and disappointments of the season so far.
-The Indiana Pacers trying to knock off the Miami Heat and whether they'd be playoff favorites if they get the East's top seed.
-The change at the top of the league with Adam Silver replacing David Stern.
-The evolution of pro basketball and how the game is played differently now versus the 70s, 80s, and 90s.
-How Marv's signature "YES!" call originated, which is a fantastic story.
-Expanding his announcing portfolio calling the NFL and NCAA Tournament for CBS Sports. Also, why Jim Nantz should remain in place as the Final Four's lead announcer.
-His broadcast influences growing up and advice to younger announcers on being yourself.
-Why Willis Reed's heroics in Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals is still his most memorable call from his illustrious career.