Madison Square Garden Rumors
Because at this time, in this city, we are treated three and four times a week to the two best basketball voices in the world — Mike Breen and Ian Eagle, two sons of the metropolis who dreamed impossible dreams when they were young and grew to realize every last one of them. “To sit courtside at Madison Square Garden for Knicks games as a job?” Breen said one recent night, sitting about 5 feet away from that nightly catbird’s seat. “I take it as an honor and a privilege, and I know it all sounds hokey, but for someone who grew up here, it’s so true. I try to never let myself forget how fortunate I am.”
Breen, of course, still carries the memory of those childhood trips to the Garden, remembering how much the team mattered to him, how much it matters still to the fans who continue to flock there. The games that have struck him lately are too many of the ones in March and April in recent years. “The Knicks can be 20 games under .500 and down 10 in the fourth quarter, and they make a comeback, and you’d think it’s an elimination game in the playoffs,” Breen says. “Those games make me realize it’s the fans who make it so special for me. You so want the team to be good again for the fans, loyal and passionate fans who deserve a great team.”
Wigdor remains confident he can prove Dolan and Madison Square Garden made defamatory statements in the days following Oakley’s run-in with security. The Knicks’ public relations account released a statement on the night of the incident that said Oakley, who played for the Knicks from 1988 to 1998 and helped the franchise reach the 1994 NBA Finals, was “abusive” and added “we hope he gets some help soon.” In an interview on ESPN Radio two days after the incident, Dolan said, “To me, Charles has got a problem. We’ve said it before; he’s his own worst problem. People have to understand that. He has a problem with anger. He’s both physically and verbally abusive. He may have a problem with alcohol.” This is one of subjects Oakley’s legal team plans to attack in court.
The New York Knicks were dealt a devastating blow Tuesday night with the ACL tear in the left knee of All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis. Small solace to long-suffering fans that the Knicks are the most valuable NBA franchise for the third straight year. The team is now worth $3.6 billion, up 9% over last year and sixth highest in the world across all sports. The Knickerbockers continue to profit from the $1 billion renovations to their home arena, Madison Square Garden, which produced new revenue opportunities from sponsorships and seating.