John Sterling returns to his Nets roots, will handle play-by-play on YES' December 16 Hawks-Nets telecast

Sterling called games for both teams from 1975-1989
Yankees announcer John Sterling will call the Nets-Hawks game on Dec. 16 for the YES Network. (AP)

October 28, 2018 - Longtime New York Yankees radio play-by-play man John Sterling, who handled play-by-play duties for the New York/New Jersey Nets and later for the Atlanta Hawks, will call an NBA game featuring both franchises on Sunday, December 16, when he does play-by-play on the YES Network's telecast of the Atlanta Hawks-Brooklyn Nets game from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The game telecast is at 3:00 pm ET, with the pre-game show beginning at 2:30 pm ET.  
Working alongside Sterling on YES' December 16 game telecast will be analyst Sarah Kustok, and they will be joined by courtside reporter Michael Grady.
The Nets…
During Sterling's time as full-time Nets TV play-by-play man (1975-1980), the team was based on Long Island (Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum) before migrating to New Jersey (Rutgers Athletic Center) prior to the 1977-78 season. The Nets won their second of two ABA championships in 1976 under coach Kevin Loughery and later that year they joined the NBA along with fellow ABA franchises the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs.  
Julius "Dr. J." Erving was on the 1976 Nets title-winning team, and other players whose time with the Nets coincided with Sterling's include "Super" John Williamson, Brian Taylor, Bubbles Hawkins, Al Skinner, Bernard King and Eddie Jordan.
The Hawks…
While Sterling called the Hawks action from 1981-89, Atlanta's rosters were graced with names such as Dominque Wilkins ("Dominique is Magnifique!" was a trademark Sterling call), Tree Rollins, Dan Roundfield, John Drew, Doc Rivers, Spud Webb and Kevin Willis. 
The Bullets…
Sterling did play-by-play for the Washington Bullets during the 1980-81 season, when the Bullets' roster included the likes of Elvin Hayes, Wes Unseld. Kevin Grevey, Kevin Porter and Bob Dandridge. 
Over the years, Sterling has also done play-by-play for the New York Islanders and Atlanta Braves, and has hosted radio talk shows at WMCA, WFAN and WABC in New York. He has earned 12 New York Emmy Awards as host of YES' Yankeeography series, and was inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2016. 
"I couldn't be more excited," said Sterling. "I've loved basketball all my life. I broadcast so many years in the ABA and NBA. It's like coming home again. I'm thrilled."
"John Sterling is one of the pre-eminent play-by-play talents to ever sit behind a mic," said John J. Filippelli, President of Production and Programming, YES Network. "An opportunity presented itself and we decided to gage his interest. We are both delighted and excited to see John return to the Nets and the NBA."