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MavsFanFinley
04-18-2002, 07:55 PM
Sportscasters Albert, Fratello injured in car accident
By DAVID WEINSTEIN

Associated Press Writer
April 18, 2002

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Sportscasters Marv Albert and Mike Fratello will miss the start of NBC's NBA playoff coverage after being injured early Thursday when their limousine hit a stalled truck on Interstate 295.

Fratello, 55, and Albert, 60, were cut on the face, and Albert had a concussion and a sprained ankle, said Dr. Louis D'Amelio, director of the Fuld Campus of the Capital Health System.

The announcers were returning from Indianapolis, where they called TNT's broadcast of the regular season finale between Indiana and Philadelphia. Albert and Fratello -- who also work for NBC -- flew on the 76ers' team charter to Philadelphia, where they were met by the limousine.

Albert was scheduled for a CT scan Friday and probably will be held at the hospital until Saturday for observation, D'Amelio said.

D'Amelio said Albert was awake and talking, but had a headache and was fatigued.

Fratello was released at 9 a.m. Thursday, about six hours after the accident.

The NBA playoffs start this weekend, and Albert was scheduled to call games for NBC on Saturday and Sunday; Bob Costas will fill in. Fratello will miss NBC's studio show.

Albert and Fratello are slated to call playoff games for Turner Sports next week.

``We're making contingency plans,'' Turner spokesman Greg Hughes said. ``We're obviously very concerned about Marv and Mike and we're hopeful both will recover quickly. We will provide any support they need in the interim and we'll work with them on a timetable for their return.''

Limousine driver Michael Begej had a broken hip and head injuries. He was in good condition, the hospital said. Neither of the two men in the delivery truck was injured, state police spokesman Julian Castellanos said.

The accident occurred about five miles east of Trenton near the I-195 interchange in Hamilton Township.

Albert returned to NBC as its lead NBA play-by-play announcer in 2000, about 2 1/2 years after he was fired after pleading guilty to assault and battery. He started with NBC in 1977, and joined Turner in 1999.

Fratello, who coached the NBA's Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers, has been with Turner since 1999. He rejoined NBC for this season. Fratello was coach of the year in 1986 with the Hawks.

Drbio
04-18-2002, 08:52 PM
Bad story...

Hales233
04-19-2002, 09:41 AM
get better guys.

Drbio
04-20-2002, 08:17 PM
UPDATE:

Fratello was treated and released with minor injuries and Albert was released Friday after being treated for a concussion, sprained ankle, and taking stitches in his tongue...ouch. Looks like both will be fine.

Hales233
04-21-2002, 06:12 AM
great news i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif