Madison Square Garden Rumors
An attorney representing Inglewood officials, including the city’s mayor, called a lawsuit filed by Madison Square Garden a “sham” in court documents filed Monday. Madison Square Garden Co., owners of The Forum, sued Inglewood and Murphy’s Bowl LLC — a Clippers-controlled company — over plans to explore a new arena in the city for the team. The lawsuit alleges fraud and breach of contract, claims attorney Skip Miller vigorously denied in the filing. “By its lawsuit, Madison Square Garden is trying to block the Clippers’ move and construction of the arena, to impede competition and stifle the economic growth of Inglewood,” the filing says.
A billboard near Madison Square Garden challenges James to sign with the Knicks as a free agent with the phrase “King of New York? Prove it” and the hashtag #KingJamesNYC18. Billboards in Akron, Ohio (touting the Cavs), Los Angeles (pitching the Lakers) and Cleveland (selling the 76ers) have also been commissioned in the past several months. James, a four-time MVP, can opt out of his contract and test free agency this summer.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver sat in front of the media and didn’t mince his words about the league’s new NBA 2K League that held its inaugural draft of 102 extremely talented gamers on Wednesday. “From the NBA’s standpoint, this is our fourth league,” Silver said an hour before the Dallas Mavericks’ gaming team would make the historic first pick at Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater. “We have the NBA, the WNBA, the G-League and now this is the fourth league in our family, and that’s exactly as we’re treating it.”
With their first-ever pick in the NBA 2K League, the Cavs Legion Gaming Club selected point guard Hood Is Glitchy (real name Brandon Caicedo) with the No. 16 pick in the draft held at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. “It’s so crazy, it’s so surreal right now,” he said moments after being selected. The Cavs Legion has five more picks to make: Nos. 19, 50, 53, 84, and 87.
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.”