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Monday / January 30.
  • NEW YORK — David Lee admitted to some understandable fatigue after the Knicks lost Friday night, 112-104, to Toronto at MSG.

    After all, his 92-year-old grandfather, prominent St. Louis businessman E. Desmond Lee, passed away at 92 on Tuesday. Lee has been in Philly, St. Louis and New York since Wednesday.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that E. Desmond Lee gave away more than $70 million over the years to beneficiaries such as the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he endowed 19 professorships.

    **Bargnani outshines Gallinari in Italian Showdown. Read the game story here**

    NEW YORK — Like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Joe Johnson and Amar’e Stoudemire before him, Chris Bosh faced a horde of reporters at Madison Square Garden before a Knicks game.

    And like those superstar free-agents-to-be, Bosh answered questions about potentially joining the Knicks as a free agent next summer.

    “Quite honestly, you can’t do anything about it. Everybody just has to wait and see, including everybody who’s going to be a free agent, or who has a chance to be a free agent at that time,” Bosh, averaging 24 points and 11.3 rebounds, said Friday before the Toronto Raptors (19-20) met the Knicks (16-22).

    St. Patrick forward Michael Gilchrist played Thursday night in the team’s 82-48 victory over The Hun School and should be ready to play Saturday against Christian Brothers in the 2010 Hoop Group Boardwalk Showcase at Monmouth University and Monday against Findlay (Nev.) Prep at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass.

    The top junior in the nation, Gilchrist had been out with a right knee strain suffered in a win over Union Jan. 2. He underwent an MRI on Jan. 5.

    “He played [Thursday] night,” St. Pat’s coach Kevin Boyle said. “He ran in practice, worked out and then he got the OK to give it a go. I gave him about 10-15 minutes [in the game] to see how he reacted and he seemed fine.”

    The 6-foot-7 Gilchrist had 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks in the Hun game. Duke-bound point guard Kyrie Irving poured in 30 points.

    This holiday weekend is a huge one for high-level high school hoops, with prestigious events at the Hoophall Classic, the Dan Finn Classic, the Big Apple Basketball Invitational and the Freedom Fighters Challenge.

    I’ve linked the schedules to all four events at the bottom of this post.

    I’m going to head over to Jason Curry’s Big Apple Basketball Invitational Saturday and Monday. It’s about a 15-block walk from my apartment and Jen and I are going to see ‘Avatar’ Saturday night after the games. Jason always puts on a first-class event and this year is no exception.

    This year’s event features Tobias Harris, Jayvaughn Pinkston, Dion Waiters, C.J. Aiken, Jason Morris, Rakeem Christmas, Angel Nunez, LaQuinton Ross, Achraf Yacoubou and Maurice Harkless.

    Personally, I’m looking forward to the Monday night game between the Tennessee-bound Harris and Half Hollow Hills West and the Villanova-bound Pinkston and Bishop Loughlin.

    Ashton Pankey, a 6-8 senior forward from St. Anthony who signed with Maryland, will miss the remainder of the season with a stress fracture in his left leg.

    “It’s unfortunate but I’m [going] to still show my support for my team and work out my upper body till my leg gets better,” Pankey wrote by text.

    St. Anthony will face St. Peter’s Prep Saturday at the Dan Finn Classic before heading up to the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. to face Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester Monday on ESPNU.