NBA Hall of Fame Broadcaster Al McCoy reflects on his careerPosted: Updated:
“It's been a good ride. I just finished my 38th year broadcasting Suns games on television and now on radio,” says Hall of Fame broadcaster, Al McCoy.
After nearly four decades as the Voice of the Phoenix Suns, McCoy still loves turning on the microphone.
“It's something that offers a new challenge everyday and ever game and from that standpoint, makes it fun,” McCoy said.
He’s definitely seen and said a lot in his play-by-play career.
“One of my early color analyst’s was Dick van Arsdale when he finished his playing days and he used to say, ‘If we knew what was going to happen, it wouldn't be as much fun,’” McCoy said. “And that's the thing about NBA basketball; you never know what's going to happen.”
Those unknowns have turned into some memorable moments during McCoy's run with the Suns.
“In 1976 the Suns went to the NBA finals and played Boston and there was a triple overtime game in that series, the first time ever in the history of the NBA finals,” McCoy said. “So obviously that was a memory maker and just 17 years later in 1993 the Suns were back in the NBA finals, this time against Chicago and there was another triple overtime game in that series.”
Now, it’s time to fast forward to this year's season.
“When the Suns went to training camp, all those so called experts said the Suns were not going to be a playoff team,” McCoy said. “We had a great group of players and Coach Alvin Gentry did a super job of melting everyone together.”
While things may be quiet at US Airways Center these days, McCoy has some other interests he enjoys that most people might not know about.
“A lot of people don't know that I was and I guess I'm still a piano player,” McCoy said. “Obviously I just play for therapy now.”
A piano player, to a one-time disc jockey and something I didn't even know.
“And a lot of people don't know that I did sports on Channel 3 at one time,” McCoy continued.
And as McCoy prepares yet for another season, I asked him about retirement and how he'll feel when the day comes to pass off the microphone.
“If and when it happens, I'll be excited for that individual because hopefully that individual will go on to have as much fun and enjoyment as I have had,” McCoy said.
Until that day, we look forward to many more “Shazams” to come.
“There's always something different and it's the people your around and the great players you have an opportunity to see,” McCoy said.