On July 4th weekend, the 32 year old, New Jersey native, Spero Dedes was arrested for being intoxicated by a Southhamption police officer at 4:12 am for speeding in a 2006 BMW, but that didn't stop him from inking a deal with the MSG network to be the new radio play-by-play announcer.
Spero was charged with DWI and posted $500 bail.
"Spero is one of the top play-by-play announcers in the country, and we're excited that he is returning home to New York and joining MSG Networks," Madison Square Garden executive vice president Dan Ronayne said in a statement Thursday to ESPN.
Dedes was the radio announcer for the Los Angles Lakers before signing his new deal.
"I can remember walking into the Garden for my first Knicks game as a teenager and feeling the magic of the place," Dedes said in the statement. "I've been in love with this franchise ever since. When I was a broadcast student at Fordham all I dreamt about was what it would feel like to be a Knicks announcer and now it's become reality. I'm truly humbled by this opportunity, and having my family close to me again means a great deal. In addition, I'm forever grateful to the Lakers organization for my time spent there."
Spero will also be the back-up to Mike Breen for the play-by-play on television for the MSG network. Kicking Kenny Albert out of the job.
Dedes will also replace Mike Crispino on 1050 ESPN Radio, but Crispino is expected to back up Dedes.
Spero Dedes has been the TV play-by-play announcer of the Lakers for the past six seasons. Dedes also is the announcer for NFL and NCAAB games on CBS. He has worked for the NFL Network and NBA TV in the past and was an announcer for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Do you like his voice? Are you looking foward to hearing him? Does he deserve to be hired?