John Andariese, the legendary voice of the Knicks for nearly 40 years, died Monday, the team announced.
The Brooklyn native known as Johnny Hoops was 78.
Generations of Knicks fans listened to Andariese as an analyst on MSG Network or on the radio, mostly alongside Marv Albert. The entertaining banter between of those two became synonymous with Knicks basketball.
Andariese had been suffering from dementia and was in poor health while spending his final days in Florida, according to people who spoke to his family.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also weighed in on the passing of Andariese.
“John ‘Johnny Hoops’ Andariese was a New York basketball legend whod eveoted his life to the game, first as a standout player at Fordham Universtiy and then for nearly 40 years as the New York Knicks’ color analyst on TV and radio,” Silver said in a statement. “His reassuring voice and extensive basketball knowledge endeared him to generations of New Yorkers.”
He combined his basketball expertise with a friendly voice, providing the Knicks broadcasts with a familiar voice during the team’s golden eras.
Andariese began his broadcasting career as the Knicks radio analyst for the 1972-73 season alongside Albert. He worked Knicks games — whether on radio or TV — during the eras of Willis Reed, Bernard King, Patrick Ewing, Latrell Sprewell and Carmelo Anthony.
Andariese was named all-City three times while playing college ball at Fordham in the late-50s, helping the Rams to a pair of NIT berths. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a media member three years ago.
Andariese retired in 2012 to spend time with his family, and was replaced on the radio broadcast by Brendan Brown.
Andariese’s poor health was made public during an ABC telecast of a Knicks-Warriors game earlier this month when Mike Breen, a longtime colleague, wished him well on air.
Published at Tue, 14 Mar 2017 03:39:25 +0000