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Knicks Preseason Italy Tour Canceled, Buzz Returns To MSG
Published February 9, 2009
|NBA Europe Live Canceled
Due To Economic Recession
GARDEN GROWING: In N.Y., Frank Isola wrote under the header, “David Stern’s Visit To Madison Square Garden Is A Sign Of Knicks’ Progress.” Stern for Friday’s game against the Celtics “was seated not far from” MSG Chair James Dolan. Last week during the Knicks’ three home games against the Lakers, Cavaliers and Celtics “electricity and competitive basketball were back” at MSG, despite the home team losing all three games. Stern: “Three great teams, the best in the NBA, come all in the same week, and the Knicks -- the scrappy Knicks -- have done very well against them. I could have imagined this a year ago but I would have imagined it a little differently.” Meanwhile, Dolan has allowed Knicks President of Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh to “restructure the club’s infamous media policy.” Walsh “has made himself and D’Antoni more accessible to the media, but some aspects of the policy appear to be out of Walsh’s control.” A team source said that N.Y. Daily News reporters are “barred from being interviewed at halftime on Knicks radio broadcasts, the only local paper so treated.” It is “not known if that order came directly from Dolan” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/8).