Madison Square Garden Rumors
Most take place in the video room at the team’s training facility; a few have taken place on the practice court and at least one has been in the locker room at Madison Square Garden. All are led by an instructor hired by Jackson. “It’s very basic stuff that you really don’t think about much in your daily life,” Jason Smith says. “…. You try to focus on the well-being of your body and taking care of your body and doing the right things.” Mindfulness is a form of meditation that stresses the importance of staying in the moment. It’s most closely associated with Eastern religions. Jackson’s affinity for the practice is one of the reasons he’s commonly known as the “Zen Master.”
The NBA made some noise during its All-Star festivities this past weekend when it became the first major sport to embrace virtual reality. But across the street from the main event happening at Madison Square Garden, there was an ancillary event that offered fans a whole different type of immersion: a playable life-size half court made of LED screens created by Nike’s Jordan brand for its 30th anniversary. It was an NBA holodeck, and I had to try it.
Ariana Grande isn’t the only big-voiced singer performing at the NBA All-Star Game: Christina Aguilera has been added to the lineup. NBA announced Tuesday that Aguilera will perform ahead of the 64th annual game on Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. She will sing a “New York-themed medley” during player introductions and be joined by dance troupe The Rockettes.
Darren Rovell: Knicks down to Hornets by 45 after 3. The $3,300 per game floor seats are empty (via @richarddeitsch, @StevePopper)
MSG Media, a unit of Madison Square Garden, which owns the team, is expected to see operating profit decline by $7.2 million this season due to lower ad revenue on MSG Network — thanks to an 11 percent decline in ratings, the analyst, Rich Tullo, wrote in a note to clients. “[W]e think MSG takes a revenue hit on poor Knicks play,” writes Tullo, an analyst with Albert Fried & Co.
Evans said Vanchiro had been behaving erratically since being ejected from Madison Square Garden on Dec. 2, when the Nets faced the Knicks. Video taken from the stands showed Vanchiro, who lost the lower part of his left leg in an accident several years ago, being carried out of the arena by multiple security guards. In the videos, which were widely shared in the news media that night and in the following days, Vanchiro is missing his prosthetic left leg, which he said that he had removed during an exchange with the security guards. “After that, he was a completely different person,” Evans said. “He was paranoid. He was erratic. He was frightened. He was horrified. He was a bit delusional. He was having a lot of trouble sleeping. He couldn’t sleep at all. When he would sleep, or try to sleep, it would only take about 10 or 15 minutes before he would jump up screaming covered in sweat.”
In an interview at the hospital, Evans said that Vanchiro’s father told her that Vanchiro awoke apparently disoriented and leapt from the building. She said that Vanchiro sustained severe brain damage and a fractured spinal cord in the fall, and that his brain had stopped functioning Sunday morning. The hospital listed Vanchiro’s condition as critical as of 11:45 p.m. Sunday.
Also mourning him was Nets CEO Brett Yormark. “I am terribly saddened to learn about Jeffrey’s death,” he said in a statement. “Jeffrey was a passionate Nets fan and one of our most visible and loyal supporters.”
The Nets super fan who was carried out of Madison Square Garden by security guards after allegedly bashing people with his prosthetic leg died Sunday after jumping out a second-story window in Queens, sources said.
Evans said Vanchiro, who had lost the lower part of his left leg in an accident several years ago, had been behaving erratically since being ejected from Madison Square Garden on Dec. 2, when the Nets faced the Knicks. Video showed Vanchiro being carried out of the arena by multiple security guards and was widely shared in the news media that night and in the following days. In the video Vanchiro is missing his prosthetic left leg, which he had said that he removed during an exchange with the security guards. “After that, he was a completely different person,” Evans said. “He was paranoid. He was erratic. He was frightened. He was horrified. He was a bit delusional. He was having a lot of trouble sleeping. He couldn’t sleep at all. When he would sleep, or try to sleep, it would only take about 10 or 15 minutes before he would jump up screaming covered in sweat.”
Jeffrey Vanchiro, who had gained widespread attention as a colorful and outspoken fan of the Nets, was on a ventilator late Sunday afternoon and was not expected to survive after falling from a second-story window in Flushing, Queens, late on Saturday night. Vanchiro was staying at his father’s house Saturday night. Vanchiro’s fiancée, Kristi Evans, who was with Vanchiro’s family at New York Hospital Queens on Sunday, said that Vanchiro’s father told her that Vanchiro awoke apparently disoriented and leapt from the building. Evans said that Vanchiro sustained severe brain damage and a fractured spinal cord in the fall, and that his brain had stopped functioning Sunday morning.
She added that after Gamblero put his prosthetic leg on his head, security arrived as fans around him chanted, “Let him stay!” “Honestly, there was more of a disturbance once security came, and it was awful the way they dragged him out,” said Ponzini, who posted video on Instagram of Gamblero screaming as he was dragged out of MSG.
“He was dancing and yelling,” Ponzini told NJ Advance Media via email. “If he wasn’t dancing, he was yelling, vice versa. He only made two interactions with other people watching the game, but they were very friendly. Some people complained about him (he was standing up and moved a few rows up). Security came and he was very sarcastic. When the guard asked him to be quiet, he stood up and yelled something and then asked the guard if that was okay.”
Jeffrey Gamblero, the one-legged Nets fan shown screaming above while being carried off by Madison Square Garden Security, was apparently dancing in the aisle before the incident. Here’s video, posted by Charles Curtis of nj.com, of Gamblero dancing and talking to and shaking hands with a security guard (hat tip: Devin Kharpertian of The Brooklyn Game):
Matt Barnes says he LOVES the video of the overzealous 1-legged Nets fan who had be carried out of a recent game — telling TMZ Sports he wants to buy him tickets the next time the Clips play! The video went viral … showing a very intense Nets fan being removed from Madison Square Garden during Tuesday night’s match-up with the Knicks … after reportedly screaming and yelling like a maniac while waving his prosthetic leg in the air during the game. The fan was BANNED from MSG — but last night in L.A., Barnes told us he LOVED the guy’s passion — and says he wants the guy to be a part of Clipper Nation. “When we come to New York, I want him to be my guest to the next game,” Barnes said … “Next time we come out there I’m gonna buy him tickets.”
Being the executive chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company sure has its privileges. On Saturday night, New York Knicks owner James Dolan will perform at MSG with his band JD & The Straight Shot, opening for the Eagles.
Connor Sports: What is the first basketball court you can remember playing on? José Calderón: “It was in Villanueva de la Serena in Badajoz, Spain – the village where I was born. That was the court on which my father played.” Connor Sports: What is your favourite basketball court? José Calderón: “Madison Square Garden.”
It’ll be fifth All-Star game in New York next February 15, but the first time the weekend will be shared by two boroughs. The Friday and Saturday events – which include the Slam Dunk and 3-point contests – will be held in Barclays Center. Sunday’s All-Star Game will be at Madison Square Garden. As part of the agreement to split the All-Star Game, the Barclays Center will be given the chance to host Sunday’s All-Star game as early as 2017. According to the NBA, the 2012 All-Star Game in Orlando generated $95 million for the Florida city in “economic impact.”
Tullo estimated that the Knicks generated more than $100 million in ticket sales this season, which he says was double what he estimates the Clippers did. The Knicks also get 100 percent of the money they make off suites, some leased at $1.8 million a year. Sources tell ESPN.com that the Clippers make no more than 10 percent of suite sales because of their lease with the Staples Center, which is owned by AEG.
The New York Knicks could now be worth $3 billion. So says Rich Tullo, an analyst at Albert Fried & Company, which made the comment as part of a note issued Friday morning to announce that the research company was revising its price target for Madison Square Garden stock upward to $85 a share. Tullo wrote that the Knicks, he believes, are now worth between $1.4 billion and $3 billion “based on percent premiums of recent sales prices paid for franchises such as the L.A. Clippers ($2 billion), the Bucks ($550 million) and New Orleans ($338 million).”
But sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that the Bulls — even before these developments came to light Friday night via noted NBA salary-cap expert Larry Coon — were already feeling increasingly optimistic behind the scenes about their chances of convincing Anthony to leave the Knicks in the wake of New York’s failure to make the playoffs. This is the first season Anthony has failed to reach the playoffs in his 11-year career. It’s believed that the Bulls would still have to shed some veteran salary in addition to releasing former All-Star forward Carlos Boozer via the amnesty clause this summer to be able to make a competitive offer that could persuade Anthony to leave the new Jackson-led Knicks and the Madison Square Garden stage he loves so dearly. But a higher cap figure than anticipated would naturally make things easier for Chicago.
It already will be different, as the Friday and Saturday events will be at Barclays Center and Sunday’s All-Star Game will be at the Garden. But Silver, in his first state of the league address, said instead of the fan-friendly Jam Session that features interactive basketball activities, the NBA might do something involving all five boroughs. “Several members of the Knicks and Nets are in town studying everything that they’re doing here in New Orleans,” Silver said. “One of the ideas we have talked about, and it’s consistent with a focus on the game, is to expand the All-Star experience to all five boroughs through programs for kids, a series of clinics throughout the New York area. “As opposed to one focused Jam Session, taking the game to the schools and having a program involving coaches and kids leading up to All-Star Weekend, that’s one of my primary focuses.”
New York Knicks home games are known for attracting celebrities from Spike Lee to Woody Allen to Paul Simon. But there may not be a stranger pairing of stars watching at Madison Square Garden than 50 Cent and Meryl Streep:
Carmelo Anthony has scored a Knicks-record 62 points — also the most at the current Madison Square Garden — in New York’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night. Anthony set the records when he banked in a short jumper with 7:24 remaining, giving the Knicks a 109-72 lead. He broke Bernard King’s team mark of 60 points and passed Kobe Bryant’s building record of 61, set five years ago. Anthony shot 23 of 35 from the field, including a make when he took off from midcourt at the halftime buzzer, and grabbed 13 rebounds. He passed Kevin Durant’s 54 points for most in the NBA this season.
In the final minutes of another disastrous Knicks loss, a boisterous fan shouted at Carmelo Anthony “Nice defense, Melo.” According to an eyewitness, Anthony shot back “Go f— yourself,” drawing a reaction from other fans in the area. After the game, a fan on Twitter wrote “Carmelo told me to F off. Huge Philly fan and I got in his head.”
No team has benefited more than the New York Knicks. The NBA’s most valuable team for a second straight year, the Knicks are now worth $1.4 billion, up 27% from a year ago. A three-year, $1 billion renovation of Madison Square Garden pushed the Knicks’ revenue to $287 million, net of revenue sharing, last season. The Knicks’ average TV rating on the MSG Network was 3.1, up 71% from the previous season, as the team made the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2000 (both the Knicks and MSG are owned by publicly traded Madison Square Garden Company). The playoff run and arena renovation helped the Knicks generate operating income (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) of $96 million–a record for an NBA franchise.
Michael Jordan dunked over hundreds of players during his NBA career, so picking his favorite dunk can’t be easy. In a video for the newly released videogame NBA 2K14, Jordan said that the one dunk he thinks about “very, very often” is his throwdown over Patrick Ewing in the 1991 NBA Playoffs. Jordan spun away from Charles Oakley on the baseline and soared into the air over Ewing, stunning Madison Square Garden.
The average prices for Knicks tickets this year are up 11.46% from 2012-2013 with an average of $320. The highest priced game at Madison Square Garden this season comes on February 1st, 2014 against the Miami Heat at an average price of $648 – which is also the current highest priced game anywhere in the NBA this season.
New York native Metta World Peace will make his regular-season debut for the New York Knicks tonight at Madison Square Garden to play the Milwaukee Bucks, and World Peace wanted to make his first journey to the Garden on game day a special one. World Peace took the New York City subway’s F-train from Queensbridge to its 34th street stop in Manhattan, much to the surprise of the other riders. Newsday reporter Jim Baumbach rode along with World Peace to chronicle his trip.