From Bob Raissman at the Daily News (who has an absolutely exquisite mustache), we're getting word that the notoriously hysterical Gus Johnson's future as Knick broadcaster may be a bit dicey.
Well-embedded NBA broadcasting moles, pausing to stop shaking their Redeem Team pom-poms, said Johnson's contract with MSG expired following the 2007-08 season. They report he's currently in negotiations with MSG suits.
How are the negotiations going? Here's where it gets sticky. The same sources said MSG Network brass - boss Mike Bair and executive producer Lydia Murphy-Stephans- are playing hardball with Johnson over terms of a new deal.
Would these two be bubbleheaded enough not to ink Johnson? The Excitable One has spent 10 seasons as part of MSG's Knicks radio team - the past five as the Knicks' No. 1 radiocaster, working with veteran analyst John (Legend) Andariese.
The fact that it's almost September and MSG has not come to terms with Johnson is a tad strange. Especially considering what's taking place on the court.
Raissman goes on to express the sentiment that if the Knicks are planning a turnaround on the court, Johnson's excitement and unwavering enthusiasm would be a nice soundtrack. Although I do find him a little over-the-top at times, I'd be disappointed to see another classic MSG voice leave town. Let's not forget this either. Don't let Gus go!