The NIT itself is a blast, and with the college bands playing backup, serves as a paean to the rich history of the round-ball in this borough. The NIT mercifully gives New York basketball fans a respite from the misery that has become the Knicks over this past decade and counting.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rock-star love-fest with the American Indian diaspora at Madison Square Garden last week was hardly a policy address -- Modi's theme was India's potential greatness and his vision of how to enable it.
Mac rudely jerked his chin in her direction, a gesture that translated to: "Get that friggin' ball." And in front of 20,000 spectators at Madison Square Garden, my sister did an amazing thing. Nothing.
A few hours before Miguel Cotto challenged Sergio Martinez for the middleweight championship, Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini told me, "Everyone thinks the way to beat a southpaw is with the straight right down the middle, but it's really the left hook."
The Knicks are one of the most profitable teams in the NBA, as they had the average ticket price on the secondary market this season. With the amount of revenue even two playoff games would have created, Madison Square Garden is likely losing out without the Knicks in the playoffs.
How is a "mancation" different than a bachelor party? These trips are about finding the time to bond with all of your buddies in a new place or with a new activity -- not celebrating one man's last night of singledom. But similar to organizing a bachelor party, planning a mancation takes work.
New York is the land of competition. Reputation doesn't help when the new kid on the block starts throwing haymakers. If Brett Yormark has his way, Brooklyn's Barclays Center will be the city's Goliath soon.
Growing up in Tulsa, my dream was to play in the NBA. I am fortunate to have been able to achieve my dream, and now helping other kids follow their dreams has proven to be just as impactful on my life as every minute that I played in the NBA.