Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Knicks Fire Johnson; Garden Reveals College Schedule
The Knicks fired radio play-by-plan man Gus Johnson, the voice of the team since the 1997-98 season, according to the New York Post.
“Over the last two seasons, Johnson, 43, had annoyed MSG Network shot-callers by missing many games to work outside TV gigs, including CBS’ college basketball and Showtime boxing,” the Post reported.
“Johnson’s primary replacement is expected to be Mike Crispino, an MSG TV and radio multi-tasker since 1992. Johnson, in 1997, replaced Mike Breen, who moved to MSG TV.”
The Knicks also let go of talented young writer Mike Slane, who covered the team for the Knicks’ official website. Sources said the team is looking to reorganize the site.
In other Garden news, the 2010-11 college hoops schedule was released and, as usual, it features some tremendous events and matchups.
2K SPORTS CLASSIC BENEFITING COACHES VS. CANCER
Thursday, November 18 Pittsburgh vs. Maryland ESPN2 7:00pm
Illinois vs. Texas
Friday, November 19 Championship Doubleheader ESPN2 5:00pm
DICK’S SPORTING GOODS NIT SEASON TIP-OFF
Wednesday, November 24 Semifinal Doubleheader ESPN/ESPN2 7:00pm
Regional Hosts: Tennessee, UCLA, Villanova, Wake Forest
Additional Teams: Arkansas St., Belmont, Boston Univ.,
George Washington, Hampton, Marist, Missouri St., Nevada,
Pacific, Pepperdine, VCU, Winthrop
Friday, November 26 Championship Doubleheader ESPN/ESPN2 2:30pm
BIG APPLE CLASSIC
Saturday, December 4 Virginia State vs. Virginia Union 4:00pm
Howard vs. Hampton
JIMMY V CLASSIC
Tuesday, December 7 Memphis vs. Kansas ESPN/ESPN2 7:00pm
Michigan St. vs. Syracuse
MAGGIE DIXON CLASSIC
Sunday, December 19 Women’s Doubleheader
Texas A&M vs. Rutgers ESPNU 12:00pm
Ohio St. vs. Connecticut
MSG HOLIDAY FESTIVAL presented by Foot Locker
Monday, December 20 Northwestern vs. St. Francis MSG/MSG+ 7:00pm
Davidson vs. St. John’s
Tuesday, December 21 Championship Doubleheader
RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS
Tuesday, December 28 North Carolina vs. Rutgers ESPN2 9:00pm
ST. JOHN’S RED STORM
Monday, January 3 Georgetown ESPN2 7:00pm
Wednesday, January 12 Syracuse ESPN 7:00pm
Women v. Connecticut
Sunday, January 16 Notre Dame MSG 12:00pm
Sunday, January 30 Duke 1:00pm
Thursday, February 10 Connecticut ESPN 7:00pm
Albany v. BU (men’s)
Saturday, February 19 Pittsburgh ESPN 12:00pm
BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP
Tuesday, March 8 – Saturday, March 12 ESPN/ESPN2
74th ANNUAL NIT
Tuesday, March 29 Semifinal Doubleheader 7:00pm
Thursday, March 31 Championship Game 7:00pm
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.