Friday, January 15, 2010

selling the world's most famous arena...

there have been some big nights at Madison Square Garden. NBA Finals, a Stanley Cup, college and high school Basketball. Led Zepellin, Bruce Springsteen and the like. Track and Field, and Ringling Bros. The old building has seen some shit...

among my many visits over the years for any number of events i spent one special season rooting for St. Johns, where it seemed like the Garden was on a swivel from week to week. There was the night i had the pleasure of seeing Wayne Gretsky skate in the blue and white, and i've seen my share of Circuses, and concerts courtesy of MSG. Good times and bad times; big nights all...

tonight is one of those big nights. Years from now no one will remember it, in fact, most people tonight won't understand its magnitude. A few months back the New York Knicks introduced "Friday Night Knicks" a night of fanfare coinciding with Knicks basketball. Through the virtue of the kid who now lives way down the street, i had the pleasure of witnessing the first two of these nights. Unfortunately, the Knicks were awful during this stretch, without a solid rotation or confidence. The second of these Fridays starred LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers. James is the grand prize of the 2010 free agency free for all. The suits at the Garden pulled out all the stops—lights, Grandmaster Flash, Jay-Z showed, fresh off their walk up the canyon of heroes—the god damned Yankees were there! All covered by ESPN on national TV. The Knicks were terrible lost by 15 or 20. James played half the game and probably found it hard to be impressed. The night was a bust. Tonight has to be better...

Chris Bosh is on his way out of Toronto. He was drafted by the Raptors and has been the teams best player as well as a good soldier as the team constantly struggles to retool the team and build a winner. Bosh, to me, is the prize of the 2010 free agent free for all. No free agent in this Summer's class, outside of Joe Johnson, fits what the Knicks are trying to do here under Coach Mike D'Antoni. He is a stout post presence that has the ability to run the floor with in an uptempo system. Paired with David Lee, one of the best weak side players in the league right now and Chris Duhon and his ever improving pick and roll acumen, Bosh would fit in very nicely with a core that would include Danillo Gallinari. The Garden has to welcome him tonight. Bosh needs to feel what it could be like to be a Knick and play 41 games a year in the World's Most Famous Arena...

Word is starting to trickle out of Toronto that the Raptors will look to deal Bosh at the season's trade deadline. The Knicks have to be in on this. i'm well aware that i made the suggestion to trade for Tracy McGrady a couple of weeks back, and if you can't get Bosh, I would still do that deal if Eddy Curry is part of it, but GM Donnie Walsh has to be all up in this—up to his neck...

there should be dancing girls, celebrity's, Grandmaster Flash, Robert Randolph should personally serenade Bosh. Hey, if you can get away with it, i say blowjobs in the tunnel between quarters. Just make it happen. The Knicks, with the likes of Bosh, Lee, Gallinari, Duhon, and maybe even a Joe Johnson are a squad that becomes an elite Eastern Conference team. Playoffs? Let's talk Conference Finals. Let's talk Finals...

the passing fan might see tonight as much of anything but a Friday night in the big city. But this night could lead to so many other big nights at the Garden, and haven't we waited long enough for that?...

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