Broadcaster Marv Albert Adds to Nets - Knicks Hype
The collision between crosstown rivals Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks November 1 at the newly constructed Barclays Center is one of the most-anticipated games in the NBA this season.
To add even more hype, the Nets have contracted TNT announcer and Brooklyn-born broadcasting legend Marv Albert to record the introduction for the game that is three months away from starting tip-off.
"Live from Brooklyn, New York, it's opening night for the Brooklyn Nets at the spectacular new Barclays Center. This is Marv Albert, welcoming a world-wide audience on TNT and the sold-out crowd here is electric, ready to see All-Star point guard Deron Williams lead the Brooklyn Nets against the New York Knicks," Albert said in the taped introduction.
"They'll be talking about this night for years to come as one of the biggest events in New York sports' illustrious history. The return of major professional sports to the borough is what Brooklynites have been dreaming about since the Dodgers broke their hearts and moved to L.A. in 1957," he added.
"It was for moments like this that the Nets were determined to re-sign Deron Williams. But Brooklyn is back in the big leagues, and a "Who's Who?" of Brooklyn sits courtside, including JAY Z and Barbra Streisand, among others.
"We're about to tip off this historic event: the Nets vs. the Knicks; Brooklyn's Backcourt of Deron Williams and Joe Johnson against Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire; a capacity crowd for opening night at Barclays Center. Hello Brooklyn!"
The recording was posted on the Nets' official website as an added attraction to online visitors.
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz earlier welcomed the NBA's decision to put up the Nets against rival Knicks for their first home game.
"I'm thrilled that fans won't have to wait long for our Brooklyn Nets to take the floor against the Manhattan Knicks, and kudos to the NBA for scheduling their first matchup on November 1 in the true home of NBA basketball in New York City—Brooklyn's spectacular new Barclays Center," Markowitz said.
Also on Nov. 1, Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder start the year against the San Antonio Spurs in a rematch of the semifinals last season.
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