Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Walt Frazier is 68 now, a half-century removed from a childhood in segregated Atlanta and from most of the people who shaped him there.
But the years fall away quickly in an episode of MSG’s “Beginnings’’ that premieres Tuesday and follows Clyde to his old neighborhood, and a time before anyone called him “Clyde.’’
While there he visits the restaurant where he worked as a teenager –...Read more »
ESPN wraps up its latest “30 for 30’’ slate Tuesday with “Bernie and Ernie,’’ a film about Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld, guys from Brooklyn and Queens who transformed Tennessee basketball in the 1970s, reunited as Knicks in the 1980s and remain friends in the 2010s.
Their unlikely bond forms the spine of the documentary, but its most arresting moments are King’s recollections of his emotionally...Read more »
Looking back, Jeremy Lin’s excellent adventure in February, 2012, seems more like a corny Disney movie than real life, a vibe reinforced by “Linsanity,’’ a documentary of his stranger-than-fiction story that hits select theaters in seven cities - including at AMC Village Theater in Manhattan - on Oct. 4.
The long, winding tale of how the film, funded in part through Kickstarter, came about...Read more »
Having the Knicks reach the Eastern Conference finals against the Heat would be all sorts of fun, one reason being this: TNT would carry the series, giving Charles Barkley regular opportunities to annoy Knicks fans – and, even better, give me writing material.
Barkley, the most prominent Knicks skeptic working in media, was at it again Thursday, saying that the Nets would beat the Knicks in...Read more »
Assuming the Knicks resist the temptation to suit him up, Patrick Ewing is set to join MSG’s postgame coverage of Wednesday’s game against the Magic and again March 31 against the Celtics.
Ewing, 50, has been an assistant coach with the Wizards, Rockets and Magic and has said he someday would like a shot with the Knicks. For now, though, dabbling in media work must suffice.
“The Garden...Read more »
Madison Square Garden announced Knicks season tickets for 2013-14 would rise in price by an average of 6.4 percent, and that Rangers season tickets would increase by an average of 4 percent.
The Knicks have sold out season tickets for the past three seasons and the Rangers for the past six.
The Garden said season tickets would have 26 different price points for each team next season....Read more »
Over the decades, men who grew up in the New York area have dominated the upper ranks of network sports executives, much to the annoyance of the rest of the nation.
Enter John Skipper, the president of ESPN and thus one of the handful of most powerful people in the sports business. He grew up in Lexington, N.C., attended college in Chapel Hill and still has the accent to prove it.
So,...Read more »
Before this season, Alan Hahn and Wally Szczerbiak knew each other primarily as sportswriter and subject. But the MSG studio analysts have become fast friends – helped by a regular carpool to the Garden for most Knicks games.
Hahn, who lives in Holbrook, and Szczerbiak, who lives in Cold Spring Harbor, meet at a mutually convenient park and ride and alternate driving in from there, taking...Read more »
Marv Albert’s call of the Knicks’ victory in Boston on TNT Thursday had a neat historical undertone: It came four days before the 50th anniversary of his first-ever Knicks call – also in Boston.
As noted by sports media historian David Halberstam for Bleacher Report, Albert made his Knicks radio debut on Jan. 27, 1963, as a 21-year-old fill-in for his mentor, Marty Glickman, who was delayed...Read more »
Hey, remember February 2012, when Jeremy Lin turned all of New York into Knicks fans, landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated two weeks in a row and the cover of every area newspaper for three weeks?
Yeah, well, now there's a documentary that started well before "Linsanity" shined brighter than the lights of Broadway.
The "Linsanity" documentary, directed by Evan...Read more »