Spero Dedes gets Knicks job

A month after being arrested for driving while intoxicated over the July 4 weekend,
Spero Dedes was officially named the New York Knicks' new radio play-by-play announcer.

"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.

Dedes also will back up MSG Network play-by-play man Mike Breen.

"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."

Dedes, 32, had done play-by-play for the Los Angeles Lakers on 710 ESPN. Knicks broadcasts are on ESPN 1050 in New York.

According to the police report cited by media outlets, Dedes was stopped by Southampton police at 4:12 a.m. ET July 3 for speeding in a 2006 BMW. Dedes was charged with DWI and posted $500 bail.