Oh! A spectacular move by Marv Albert?
Albert recently talked to the New York Daily News about Kerr choosing to take his talents out West instead of to the Big Apple, and many people now believe he may have influenced his broadcast partner to make that decision:
“Well, I told him it never ends well there. Just look at recent history. It’s because of one man (owner James Dolan). There is no happiness there. I say this with all kinds of friends I have there and at the MSG Network. Everybody hates being there. For coaches it’s very difficult. Steve couldn’t accept anyone following him around with a tape recorder. Like Phil, Steve is a guy who wants to say what he wants to say. He’s very opinionated, which doesn’t always work when you are at the Garden.”
Albert was of course a long-time Knicks announcer starting in 1967 , but his contract wasn’t renewed in 2004 because of alleged disagreements with management (Dolan).
So, did the voice of the NBA influence Kerr to head to California? I think it’s entirely possible. If anyone knows how that organization works (or doesn’t work) — it’s Marv Albert. Plus, anyone can see that the Golden State gig is a much better short-term option for Kerr.
If these rumors turn out to be true, it’s safe to say that Albert won’t be welcomed back to MSG by James Dolan anytime soon.