HEARTBREAK CITY! MSG cuts Gus Johnson loose as Knicks radio play-by-play guy

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Gus Johnson’s excitable… okay, sometimes wildly excitable, over-the-top calls are a part of March Madness and a host of other sporting events that help make it for me. Johnson sounds more like a fan in the booth — he is into it and pumped up.

That works for some. Not for others.

Apparently not for Madison Square Garden Management.

They cut Johnson loose as the radio play-by-play voice of the Knicks, according to the New York Post (a publication that can get a tad excitable itself). Johnson’s contract was up and MSG is not bringing him back. Apparently they were not happy with how much time Johnson was taking off to do other sports such as the  NCAA tournament and boxing.

Mike Crispino will take over on play-by-play duties. Johnson took over the radio job three years ago when Mike Breen jumped to the television side only.

Gus Johnson, an original high flyer

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In Gus Johnson’s era, the game was played below the rim. Great players like Bob Cousey and Bill Russell were not leaping out of the building — but Gus Johnson was. Starting in 1962 he came in and started to change how the game was played. Elgin Baylor had started the revolution but Johnson was one of the guys that took the game to new heights. Literally.

And with that paved the way for the game today. Which is why he is going into the International Basketball Hall of Fame today.