Speaking of my column about the Knicks' attempt to win their first home playoff game since 10 years ago today . . .
Here are some quotes MSG sent from three Knicks greats' memories of their first Garden playoff games. (All three will appear on MSG's one-hour pregame show beginning at 6 p.m.)
Bernard King: “In my first playoff game in a Knicks uniform at Madison Square Garden, the crowd was unlike anything I had ever heard before. They were our sixth man, and we received a tremendous lift from their excitement. I expect the Knicks to get a real boost from the fans tomorrow night and to come out with a lot of energy.”
Earl Monroe: “When I finally joined the Knicks and played for them in the playoffs for the first time, it was euphoric. You just looked around and saw all the celebrities; each game was an event. The Garden generates an electricity that you can’t match anywhere else. It will be pandemonium. These guys will feel like the whole city is in the arena cheering for them.”
Walt Frazier: “I remember my first playoff game at the Garden – I walked into the locker room prior to the game and it was dead silent. During the regular season there was the hustle and bustle of tickets being left for friends, music playing, it was a real jovial atmosphere. But for that first game, I walked into a silent locker room. Everyone was sitting quietly at their locker. It was serious business.”
Speaking of Knicks legends, ESPN.com's Ian O'Connor spoke to Willis Reed here about, well, you know.
BTW, you can't tell it from my afore-linked column, which has been fixed, but in the print edition of Newsday I didn't quite word a point correctly about the Knicks having no current player who has been in a playoff game at the Garden.
I meant AS A KNICK. No offense to Anthony Carter, a member of the 2000 Miami Heat team that faced the Knicks at MSG.