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Dolan Lectures Media, Denies Rift With Walsh, D'Antoni Over 'Melo Trade
Published February 24, 2011
RAUCOUS DEBUT: Anthony made his Knicks debut last night against the Bucks, and ESPN N.Y.'s Chris Sheridan writes, "Amid an electric atmosphere rarely seen, heard or felt at Madison Square Garden for more than a decade, a sleep-deprived Carmelo Anthony made his New York Knicks debut a smashing success." There was "no mistaking the level of excitement that manifested itself in so many ways as Anthony's Knicks career began." Anthony: "I think New York needed a moment like this" (ESPNNY.com, 2/24). ESPN.com's J.A. Adande wrote, "The biggest market has that big-event feel again. The Garden has some of the best game-operations people in the business, and they were on point with their music and pregame videos that struck a perfect chord" (ESPN.com, 2/23). On Long Island, Neil Best writes it was a "raucous, only-in-New York welcoming party." Best: "For one evening at the World's Most Famous Arena, it was a good night to be a Knick" (NEWSDAY, 2/24).