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Knicks Dir of Pro Player Personnel Mark Warkentien yesterday gave his first interview since joining the organization last week, saying, "You get to work for a guy you always wanted to work with in Donnie Walsh, and then it's Madison Square Garden. I'm 57, and is there anyone in our age group who doesn't want to be a part of the Garden? It's the mecca, and it's New York." ESPN N.Y.'s Ian O'Connor noted the question is whether Warkentien, most recently VP/Basketball Operations for the Nuggets, can "help the Knicks make a deal" for Nuggets F Carmelo Anthony. Does his "intimate knowledge of Denver's management -- coupled with the fact he's represented by the same Creative Artists Agency tag team that represents Anthony -- give the Knicks the competitive edge?" (ESPNNY.com, 2/7).

Broncos could make burnt orange full-time
home jersey color by '12 season
ORANGE SLICE
: In Denver, Mike Klis reported the Broncos are "talking with the NFL regarding making their alternative, burnt-orange color their full-time home jersey beginning with the 2012 season." Team surveys indicate that Broncos fans "are ready for a change." With league approval, the "burnt-orange color would be the home jersey for eight or nine of the 10 games." The dark blue jersey, "which had been the home jersey since the 1997 season, would be worn in one or two games" (DENVERPOST.com, 2/4).

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE: In Baltimore, Kevin Cowherd wrote while the Orioles' signing of DH Vladimir Guerrero has team Owner Peter Angelos' "fingerprints all over it, give Andy MacPhail credit, too." The Orioles President of Baseball Operations was "under the gun going into this offseason." Cowherd: "Attendance figures at Camden Yards were plummeting. The fans were in near-rebellion. MacPhail knew he needed to do something drastic." While he "didn't blow up the team," he "damn sure changed it dramatically with trades and free-agent signings" (Baltimore SUN, 2/7).

HOOP DREAMS: Louisville-based attorney J. Bruce Miller Sunday said that he will meet with NBA Commissioner David Stern on Thursday in N.Y. to "update him on efforts to bring an NBA franchise to Louisville." Miller on Friday said that he "had obtained a 'no-shopping' agreement from an ownership interest looking to obtain a franchise and bring it to Louisville." He noted that the agreement is a "commitment from the ownership group that it wouldn’t look at other cities." Still, Miller Sunday stressed there is a "way to go" in the process (COURIER-JOURNAL.com, 2/7).
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