Knicks Rumors & News
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We haven’t checked in with an episode of ‘As The Knicks Turn’ in a while, so let’s do that. There’s a lot to catch up on, so this will seem like the Readers’ Digest version.

Let’s start with the newest news, which would involve former coach Larry Brown. Seems Brown thinks Madison Square Garden Chairman James Dolan had people spying on Brown while he was Knicks’ coach.

“Imagine when you get to work, they don’t talk to you,” he said. “They had security people standing close to me in press conferences, and spies throughout the arena.”

larry brownMaybe Brown, a vagabond who butted heads with GM Isiah Thomas, imagined all of this. Then again, maybe it’s not so ridiculous.

After all, fans have been arrested for selling ‘Fire Isiah’ T-shirts outside the Garden this year. Others have been ejected from the Garden for holding up ‘Fire Isiah’ signs.

Now comes word that there was an altercation Monday between beat reporters trying to interview a fan who was being ejected for yelling at Thomas during the game and Knicks’ staffers.

Several ushers began shouting at us to stop, telling us we weren’t allowed back there. (Even though we were in an area where celebrity interviews are conducted all the time during Knicks games.) … I would estimate that a dozen ushers surrounded the three reporters, including myself, physically blocking our path and berating us for not listening to their orders, not “respecting” them and not letting them do their jobs. I explained that, in truth, it was the other way around. The security staff was keeping us from doing our jobs. … One reporter was physically restrained and had his credential torn off his neck.

Yes, the Gestapo is in high gear, seemingly with Dolan’s blessing, at the Garden. So, Brown’s claims can’t be taken lightly.

Of course, no ‘As The Knicks Turn’ episode can be complete without checking in on Stephon Marbury. We know ankle surgery will cost Marbury the rest of the season, and maybe his Knicks’ career. But it seems his budding career as a sneaker magnet is also going down the toilet.

The Knick’s Starbury sneaker line has been tossed in the bargain bin. Sportswear seller Steve & Barry’s has slashed the shoe’s price in half in most of their stores – from an already affordable $14.98, down to $7.99 a pair.This doesn’t bode well for Stephon’s shoe stakes, as he was hoping to expand his sneaker line to other outlets. More importanty, his contract with S&B expires this summer – so Stephon could have trouble selling his soles.

So, if you want good sneakers cheap, hurry up and get to your local Steve & Barry’s. Those Starbury’s might be a collector’s item soon.

Oh, and one more depressing bit of news for Knicks’ fans came from ESPN the other day. If the Knicks are smart, don’t take on any more expensive, bad contracts and manage to dump Eddy Curry, Zach Randolph or both, they might — just MIGHT — have a chance to chase free agents like LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in 2010.

So, Knicks’ fans what you see now is pretty much what you will probably be looking at for the next few seasons. You might as well resign yourself to it.

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