The New York Times sent their architectural writer (yes, they have one of those) to write a review, and author Michael Kimmelman found a way to use some of the most colorful and descriptive language in the dictionary to dump on the Knicks. An excerpt:
- “At first blush, it’s a shocker, which is one of its virtues.” The arena’s “rusted, reddish-brown exterior consists of 12,000 grainy weathered-steel panels.” The panels “swoop and curl lengthwise around the building, ancient chains binding a giant Gulliver.” They leave “openings here and there for ribbons of windows that provide peekaboo views out from and into the interior.” Crowd circulation “is smooth, and the steeply raked seats, accommodating up to 18,000 fans, provide excellent sightlines for basketball, even from the nosebleed sections.” The “black-box vibe, with its gray-and-eggplant palette and terrazzo concourse, distinguishes it from Madison Square Garden, exuding a sophisticated chill. This is not a “beautiful or ingratiating building, but it’s technologically smart. … “The architects have “created something tougher, more textured and compelling, an anti-Manhattan monument, not clad in glass or titanium but muscular and progressive like its borough. … What’s clear now is that Barclays makes the Garden the second-best arena in town, which is to say even worse than we already thought it was.”
- The reviews are in on the second installment of the Uncle Drew mockumentary commercial. One writer (OK, it was me) compared Uncle Drew to Fonzie, and not in a flattering way. And for those of you who did not get the “Jump The Shark” reference, here is some background, and below is the video (or Betamax?) of the episode that spawned the catch phrase.
- Who got paid from the draft class of 2009, and who did not? Chris Bernucca has a complete list. (He’ll also have a new installment of The Bernucca List published tomorrow.) Not only that, but we are adding a daily trivia question — along with an accompanying SH Trivia Game — to this site in the next few days.
- Jalen Rose once stole Patrick Ewing’s luggage from an airport. Inside was a television with a VCR attached — a rarity in those days. Rose kept it in his house as a trophy. Dan Devine of BallDon’tLie has a comprehensive report that is worth a clickthrough. Here is an excerpt: “It’s starting to seem like Jalen Rose intends to use his podcast on ESPN.com’s Grantland Network as a forum for copping to past misdeeds and hoping everyone will just sort of think they’re funny and cute. Last month, he recounted the story of how he deliberately tried to injure Kobe Bryant during the 2000 NBA Finals, sticking his foot under a jump-shooting Kobe (one of the game’s mortal on-court sins) when Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers topped Rose’s Indiana Pacers. On Wednesday, a new video appeared on Grantland’s YouTube channel featuring Rose talking about another pair of transgressions — one of the on-court variety, and another that was an actual for-real crime.