Madison Square Garden Rumors
New York Knicks legend Willis Reed’s warmup jacket from Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals — one of the most famous moments in basketball history — is about to hit the auction block, and is expected to sell for a huge chunk of change! TMZ Sports has learned the infamous jacket Reed wore during the “Willis Reed Game” … as he limped onto the Madison Square Garden court for the deciding contest against the Los Angeles Lakers will soon go to the highest bidder.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Madison Square Garden has hired Patrick Rees to oversee communications for the Knicks and Rangers. Rees had most recently been a PR executive with the 76ers. He starts at the end of March.
In his first game as a pro at Madison Square Garden, Alvarado seized the moment. The rookie guard scored 13 points, handed out four assists and came up with four steals off the bench. ￼ The Pelicans beat the Knicks 102-91. Thanks to stingy defense and a dominant third quarter, the Pelicans were able to salvage a three-game road trip with a win. “When we had shootaround, I was like, ‘Wow, damn, I’m at Madison Square Garden about to play,'” Alvarado said. “It was just a great, great feeling. When I seen the fans start coming and people I know and they showing me love, it was just like, ‘All right, I feel it. It was just one of those nights.'”
The National Basketball Association is offering virtual courtside seats on Meta’s $299 Oculus Quest 2 devices. The headsets were one of the most popular Christmas gifts in 2021, showing that people seem to be more willing than ever to give virtual reality a try. And businesses are trying to keep your eyeballs on their content by creating VR versions of their apps and games. The NBA experience is free and available on Meta’s Horizon Venues platform, which is a free software download for the Oculus headset. People appear as digital avatars, sort of like cartoon versions of their real selves, and watch an NBA game from a courtside perspective. It’s not Jack Nicholson’s Los Angeles Lakers seat at Crypto.com Arena or Spike Lee’s seat at Madison Square Garden, but it almost replicates the real thing.
A New York judge tossed on Friday an attempt by the owners of Madison Square Garden and other entities to access $1.8 billion from policies for losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, finding that their coverage is limited to $1 million under a communicable diseases provision.
Mark Haynes: Steve Kerr on the possibility of Stephen Curry breaking the record in Madison Square Garden: “It’s the Mecca…It’s my favorite atmosphere in the league. There’s a ton of history here. It’s New York. It’d be great if it happened tonight.”