Finally, Excitement Returns to Madison Square Garden

January 5th, 2011 by SportsLifer Leave a reply »

Willis Reed grabs rebound from Lakers Wilt Chamberlain during 1970 NBA Finals

The late 60s were exciting times in New York, back in my old high school days. You could feel the electricity from Madison Square Garden spilling out to the streets and neighborhoods of the city, to the suburbs and beyond. The New York Knickerbockers were building a championship contender.

Now, for the first time in nearly five decades, that excitement is back. New York fans are thinking hey, we may have something here—finally. With free agents Amar’e Stoudemire and Raymond Felton and precocious rookie Landy Fields, along with holdovers Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler, the Knicks are on the way back to contention.

Finally, after a six-year playoff drought, they’re standing and cheering at the Garden again.

Kind of like the way it was back in the 60s. After finishing last in the Eastern Division for seven straight years and starting with the 1959-60 season, the Knickerbockers, as they were called back then, began to show signs of improvement.

The Knicks' resurgence began innocently enough, with the 1964 NBA draf ...

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