Despite what Kevin Durant says…
If I were still living in Brooklyn, New York I would have the opportunity today to watch 4 college basketball games in person.
My journey would begin on the F-train and I would switch for the D at West 4th Street. I would go from Brooklyn, Manhattan and be in the Bronx in about one hour. My destination would be Fordham University. When I think back to the games at Fordham, especially when they played Iona, boy-o-boy. Guys like Jerry Hobbie, David Maxwell, Rory Grimes, Gary Springer and Steve Burtt all come to mind. Today the Rams host Bryant at noon.
Following the game I would hop back on the D-train and head down to Brooklyn where the Terriers of St. Francis host Presbyterian for a 3:00 tip. My first college game ever was St. Francis vs St. Bonaventure on Remsen Street.
After the game, right around dinner time I would get a bite to eat. Wonder if the pizza spot on Court Street is still open? I believe the name was Queen Pizza. Jump back on the train headed uptown and take in a college doubleheader at Madison Square Garden. Texas Tech-Louisville, followed by Indiana-UConn.
What a day of hoops that would be…
But, you would have to call in sick first.
To Brooklyn’s own, World B. Free.
My first NBA game at Madison Square Garden. Christmas night, 1976, I was 12.
76ers vs Knicks. It was Julius Erving’s first visit to the Garden as a Sixer, this after being sold by the Nets.
Free went off for 30 points.
76ers won 105-104.
The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons last night, 127-103.
Milwaukee currently has a 13 game win streak.
Back in the day, 1972-73 season the Bucks finished the season 60-22 but lost in the Western conference semi-finals to Golden State 4-2. During that season Milwaukee finished the regular season winning 14 straight. The following season they opened the season with 2 straight wins. Can this year’s team beating that?
With last night’s win over Detroit, the Bucks have now defeated the Pistons 10 straight games.
I love watching the Bucks play, they play the right way. And who doesn’t like Giannis?
Milwaukee leads the NBA in scoring at 112.1 points per game. They dish out 25 assists per game.
Next up for the Bucks is a match-up with the L.A. Clippers on Friday night.
Brooklyn native Bernard King turns 63 today.
King was an incredible scorer. The guy could do it all. He sprinted the lanes on the fast break. Scored in the post and off the mid-range. Just ask Detroit Pistons fans. 1984 NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs, King scored 42 points per game in the five-game series which the Knicks won 3-2.
King was an intense player. I recall watching him in warmups, no horsing around. He was the first one to take a layup in the Knicks lay-up line; always dunked it with two hands.
Happy birthday B.K.