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Michael Rapaport film recalls Knicks' glory days

Director Michael Rapaport and Knicks president Phil Jackson

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Phil Jackson was in the house Thursday for the premiere of “When the Garden Was Eden,’’ a documentary about the Knicks’ championship teams, but he did not stop to chat with reporters at the Tribeca Film Festival gala.

Fortunately the film’s director, Michael Rapaport, more than made up for that with a red carpet marathon in which he channeled the passion and frustration of fans – especially...

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Tribeca looks back at Knicks' glory days

Knicks player Walt Frazier joins Phil Jackson at

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Madison Square Garden announced last month an agreement to purchase 50 percent of Tribeca Enterprises, owner of the Tribeca Film Festival and its eight-year-old subset, the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival.

So what could be more appropriate for the gala premiere Thursday than “When the Garden was Eden,’’ director Michael Rapaport’s look back – based on Harvey Araton’s book – at the Knicks’...

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Isiah Thomas sees 'a different kind of working relationship' with media for Phil Jackson

Then-Knicks coach Isiah Thomas watches from the bench

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NBA TV analyst Isiah Thomas, who used to be the Knicks' president and still is a friend of James Dolan, the Garden's executive chairman, weighed in on Tuesday night's pregame show regarding the team's new grand basketball poobah:

“I think Jim [Dolan] definitely will give him the reins. He will give him the reins in terms of running the organization, running the basketball operations. I also...

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Jeff Van Gundy responds to report ESPN yanked him from Knicks game

ESPN NBA analyst and former Knicks coach Jeff

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USA Today reported last week that ESPN and Jeff Van Gundy agreed it would be best if he did not call the Dec. 11 Bulls-Knicks game after his name surfaced as a potential replacement for Knicks coach Mike Woodson.

Van Gundy was asked about the report on a conference call Thursday promoting the slate of Christmas Day games next week. Here is what he said:

"That sort of got ramped...

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Walt Frazier goes back to future

Knicks guard Walt Frazier. (Sept. 15, 1970)

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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 –...

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