A legend in the world of sports commentary, Marv Albert will reportedly not be present for the NBA’s planned season resumption in Orlando at the end of this month. As reported by Andrew Marchand of The New York Post, Albert, who is 79 years old, decided not to participate in the restart due to the rise in COVID-19 cases currently occurring in Florida.
NEWS: Marv Albert will not be on Turner's broadcast when the NBA returns at Disney World next month, The Post has learned.https://t.co/tCzq19GA07
— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) June 30, 2020
With Albert absent for the resumed season, Turner Sports will look to its other announcers, such as Kevin Harlan, to provide play-by-play for the upcoming schedule of games.
Several players have already announced their intentions to abstain from joining their team in the Orlando bubble at Disney World, including Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan, Avery Bradley, and Wilson Chandler.
Albert’s reported decision leads to questions regarding if other older figures associated with the NBA will also choose to not travel to Orlando, as COVID-19 has shown to be most fatal in people who are 65 or older. San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who is 71, or 85-year-old announcer Hubie Brown are two other prominent figures to keep an eye on as the season resumption draws closer.