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.
NEW YORK (NBA.com exclusive) — The biggest ovations at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night were for a team playing in another borough.
Yes, there were lots of empty seats at the Garden for the game between Indiana and New York, and the fans who were there cheered louder for the video updates of the Yankees’ exploits in Game 6 of the World Series than they did for the building’s basketball team.
The Garden figures to be abuzz Friday when LeBron James and the Cavaliers come to town, but on this night the Knicks were a big fat dud as they lost to the previously winless Pacers, 101-89, before an announced crowd of 19,273.
“We’ve got to win Friday,” said Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni, whose team dropped to 1-4. “That’s the only thing we can think about now. We’ve already screwed this up. We’ll be positive, try to get this thing straight and let’s get a win Friday.”
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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.