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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

R.I.P. John Andariese

We lost “Johnny Hoops” today, the great former Knicks announcer, John Andariese (whose last name was so tricky that I already spelled it incorrectly on Twitter), today.

For Knick fans of the 1990s, we were not only in a Golden Age, but we all KNEW we were in a Golden Age, as we had John Andariese and Marv Albert on MSG with Mike Breen and Clyde Frazier on the radio. Breen and Frazier were clearly way too talented to be “just” radio announcers, but boy, all four were great.

John Andariese then swapped roles with Clyde Frazier and eventually, Andariese retired (or was let go) in 2014.

John Andariese was a New York icon. We will all miss him. Our condolences to his friends and family.

7 comments on “R.I.P. John Andariese

  1. DRed

    He was a pleasure to listen to. Knicks fans might have terrible teams to watch but we’ve had great announcers to listen to.

  2. d-mar

    A good friend of mine knew Andariese personally through his job, and said he was a true gentleman and the nicest guy in the world.

    One of the real class acts in sports broadcasting.

  3. Philmelo

    I loved Johnny Hoops’ chemistry with Marv Albert. He was the affable yang to Marv Albert’s curmudgeonly yin. May he rest in peace.

  4. Z-man

    John’s daughter is a college friend of my wife’s. Truly a class act and a top-notch color guy. He will be missed.

    I remember bumping into him with a mutual friend at MSG during the early Isiah reign of error, and he subtly let on (head shake, eye roll) that the front office had no idea what it was doing.

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