Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night had the feel of Saigon, circa 1975.
Bio: Howard Megdal is Writer At Large for Capital New York, and currently contributes to USA Today Sports Weekly, Sports Illustrated and Vice Sports. His books include The Baseball Talmud, Taking the Field and Wilpon's Folly. His book on the Cardinals will be published by St. Martin's Press in October 2015. Follow Howard on Twitter @HowardMegdal.
It appears that the return of Iman Shumpert, sidelined all season recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, to the New York Knicks is merely days away.
The Nets started off the season winning a lot, then slumped till their coach got fired, then started winning again.
The Knicks weren't a well team during their recent slump, with injuried to Carmelo Anthony, Raymond Felton, Rasheed Wallace, Marcus Camby and others limiting their strength.
It was striking to hear Brooklyn Nets' coach P.J. Carlesimo talk on Thursday about continuity from the Avery Johnson era, considering that Johnson was fired late last month and replaced by Carlesimo, triggering a significant change in the team's fortunes.
It wasn't really a representative Knicks team that lost on Thursday night, 81-76, to the Indiana Pacers.
If Kevin Garnett was trying to put the New York Knicks off their game when he trash-talked at Carmelo Anthony, he couldn't have been more successful.
Barry Bonds was a cheater, but he dominated baseball over a period of years.
Yesterday might have been a hard day for the Brooklyn Nets to focus on basketball.
Ever since Major League Baseball awarded the 2013 All Star Game to Citi Field, the New York Mets have been using the right to purchase tickets to the game, along with the weekend's other events, as a lure for full or partial-season ticket holders to renew, or sign up.