Who would have guessed that Marv Albert, one of America’s most famous and distinguished sports broadcasters, is a Brighton Beach native?
Albert, who is set to call the action for the Nets’ inaugural game in Brooklyn against the New York Knicks next week, reflects on his childhood growing up in Brighton Beach in a fascinating piece at NBA.com.
Albert, who pined nostalgically about his days attending Brooklyn Dodger games and playing stickball in the Brighton and Manhattan Beach neighborhoods he grew up in, is excited to see professional sports return to Brooklyn after a 50-plus year absence.
“It has a lot of meaning to me as someone that grew up in Brooklyn, and then broadcast the Knicks for 37 years and the Nets for 5 years,” said Albert, in a Monday conference call. “Just to see the reaction and how it’s been received, I just think it’s going to be a smash hit all around – not only the basketball.”
The first game is set to kick off on November 1 at the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn, and you can hear Marv call the action at 7 p.m. on TNT.