Is Marv Albert opting out of the NBA restart in Orlando? YESSS!
The 79-year-old broadcasting legend says it’s just too risky to travel to the Walt Disney World bubble environment in Orlando with the pandemic surging — and therefore will NOT be a part of TNT’s on-site coverage.
“I had second thoughts,” Albert told the NY Post.
Albert told the Post he got a call from Turner Sports boss Jeff Zucker about the move — and even joked about his own age.
“He said to me, ‘Maybe this is something you should skip in my age bracket,'” Albert said while joking, “I’d like to point out to you that 79 is the new 78.”
The good news … Albert WILL contribute to the NBA broadcasts from a remote location — he just won’t be doing the play-by-play from the sidelines.
Of course, this is all contingent on the season actually starting again — but with the new wave of positive COVID tests sweeping through the league, commish Adam Silver admits there’s a chance things could get shut down before the July 31 tip-off date.
Just recently, several players have tested positive — including DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie, Jabari Parker and more.