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December 20, 2014 Updates
December 15, 2014 Updates

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. New York Times

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.” New York Times

December 14, 2014 Updates

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. New York Times

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.” New York Times

December 4, 2014 Updates

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): NBCSports.com

"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." Newark Star-Ledger

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." TMZ.com

September 12, 2014 Updates
August 29, 2014 Updates

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.” Sportando

July 10, 2014 Updates

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.” New York Daily News

June 6, 2014 Updates

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)." ESPN.com

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. ESPN.com

April 20, 2014 Updates

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. ESPN.com

February 16, 2014 Updates

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." Newsday

January 26, 2014 Updates
January 24, 2014 Updates

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. New York Post

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