I was fortunate enough Monday to attend a screening of "Winning Time," the Dan Klores documentary that will debut March 14 as part of ESPN's "30 for 30" series.

Much more to come on this closer to the premiere, but Klores' look at the rivalry between Reggie Miller and the Knicks in the mid-1990s is a keeper.

Its strength is its sense of humor, highlighted by engaging talking heads that include Miller, his sister, Cheryl, Spike Lee and (surprise!) Patrick Ewing, who has mellowed nicely with age. The unique soundtrack features opera, in honor of Miller's famed theatrics.

The documentary evokes a long-lost era when Indianapolis and New York were known for good basketball and bad football instead of the other way around.

Before the screening MSG/ESPN/ABC play-by-play man Mike Breen, who was the Knicks' radio voice at the time, was talking about the issues facing the basketball team at his alma mater, Fordham.

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So I casually mentioned the nationally ranked basketball powerhouse where I went to college.

Photo: Jason DeCrow