Spero Dedes parts ways with Knicks radio gig

Isiah Thomas, right, speaks with NBA anchor Spero

Isiah Thomas, right, speaks with NBA anchor Spero Dedes on Nov. 24, 2003 at the NBA store in New York. (Credit: Getty Images / Ezra Shaw)

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Spero Dedes and MSG Network have parted ways, ending his three-season run as the Knicks' radio play-by-play man and primary TV fill-in for Mike Breen.

Dedes cited a desire to expand his national announcing portfolio, which created scheduling complications.

"With my contract up at the end of the season we kind of knew of another opportunity that was around the corner and from a scheduling standpoint it probably wasn't going to work out," Dedes said Wednesday. "I wanted to stay and have both gigs. They gave me a certain degree of schedule flexibility, but in order to do what I needed to do I was going to need more and they just weren't going to give it to me, which I completely understood from their perspective.

"It was an opportunity to take the next step nationally. It just basically came to a fork in the road."

Dedes, a Fordham alumnus who previously had called Lakers games, declined to say what his new job will be, but he has done extensive work on pro and college games for CBS.

MSG said in a statement, "MSG Network and Spero Dedes have decided to part ways. We thank him for his contributions and wish him well."

The Daily News first reported Dedes' departure Wednesday afternoon.

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