Former NBA player, and New Jersey legend, Kelly Tripucka, joined the New York Knicks MSG Broadcast team on November 7, 2008, serving as an NBA analyst alongside Walt "Clyde" Frazier, Gus Johnson and Mike Breen. The University of Notre Dame standout, and 1981 first round draft pick, began his career in broadcasting in 1993 as a color commentator for Detroit Pistons television. In 2001, he took a full-time radio position with the New Jersey Nets. From 2003-2005, he served as the color commentator for New Jersey Nets telecasts on the YES Network.
A native of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, Tripucka attended Bloomfield High School where he was twice named to first team all-state. 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.
While at Notre Dame, Tripucka was named an All-American three times and currently ranks ninth on the Notre Dame career scoring list, with 1,719 points. He was also a two-time NCAA Championship All-Regional team selection (1978 and 1979) and CoSIDA Academic All-America selection in 1979.
Tripucka played for the Detroit Pistons, Utah Jazz, and Charlotte Hornets from 1981 to 1991. He shares the record for most points scored (40) in his first road playoff game. In 2008, Tripucka was named to the "50 Greatest Pistons" team, and is one of five Pistons to have scored 40 or more in a playoff game, along with Dave Bing, Isiah Thomas, Chauncey Billups and Richard (Rip) Hamilton.
Tripucka and wife Janice reside in Boonton Township, NJ and have three children: 11-year-old daughter Reagan and sons Jake, 18, and Travis, 20, who attend college and play lacrosse. Tripucka is the son of NFL great Frank Tripucka.