Former NBA player, 2 time All-Star, and New Jersey legend, Kelly Tripucka joined the New York Knicks MSG Broadcast team in November of 2008, serving as an NBA Analyst alongside Walt “Clyde” Frazier, Gus Johnson, and Mike Breen.
Tripucka, a former University of Notre Dame and Detroit Pistons standout, began his broadcasting career in 1993 as a color commentator for the Detroit Pistons television. In 2001, he took a full-time radio position with the New Jersey Nets. From 2002 – 2005 he served as the color commentator for New Jersey Nets telecasts on the YES Network.
A native of Bloomfield, New Jersey, Tripucka attended Bloomfield High School where he was twice named to First Team All-State and an All-American. In three varsity seasons, he scored 2,278 points, including 1,045 during his senior year. His jersey number 42 was retired by Bloomfield High School. In 2000, he was voted New Jersey High School Basketball Player of the Century by The Star-Ledger.
While at Notre Dame, Tripucka was named an All-American three times and ranks ninth on the Notre Dame career scoring list with 1,719 points. He was Mid-West regional MVP in 1978 and helped guide Notre Dame to its first and only Final Four appearance. He was a two-time NCAA Championship All-Regional selection in 1978 and 1979, a CoSIDA Academic All-America selection in 1979, and part of the All-Century Team celebrating Notre Dame’s 100th Season of Basketball in 2005.
In 1981 Tripucka was drafted 12th overall in the first round of the NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons and went on to play for the Pistons, Utah Jazz, and the Charlotte Hornets from 1981 to 1991. He shares the record for most points scored (40) in his first road playoff game along with Dave Bing, Isiah Thomas, Chauncey Billups, and Richard (Rip) Hamilton. In 2008 he was voted to the Detroit Pistons 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.
Tripucka and his wife Janice reside in Boonton Township, New Jersey and have three children; 12 year old daughter, Reagan; son, Jake, 19, a sophomore at Duke University; and Travis, a 21-year-old senior at University of Massachusetts. Jake is a member of the 2010 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Champions. Travis is a member of the football and lacrosse teams. Tripucka is the son of the great quarterback, Frank Tripucka who played in the NFL, CFL, and the AFL throughout his 15 seasons.