It’s almost game time in a quiet and mostly empty Madison Square Garden. That must mean there are plenty of you out there hoping for some commentary from Alabama’s NIT championship game with Wichita State.
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It was already a successful day since the Yankees opened the 2011 World Series run with a 6-3 decision over Detroit. Now, it’s back to work.
Madison Square Garden is slowly taking on fans for the NIT final between Alabama and Wichita State. The Shockers had some impressive fans, and from talking to a reporter in the media room, it sounds like the city of Wichita is really embracing this team.
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Here is the lead to one of the stories I’m working on for tomorrow.
NEW YORK — Alabama had just beaten Miami in the NIT quarterfinals when star forward JaMychal Green dropped the news to coach Anthony Grant.
Grant then had another reason to smile.
The forward and leading scorer from Montgomery said this week’s trip to New York would not be his last in a Crimson Tide jersey.
Green will return to Tuscaloosa in the fall for his senior season. The potential riches of the NBA can wait one more year for the St. Jude High School product.
Green promises the decision was based on deep thought, not an emotional response to a big win.
“Nothing is going to convince me to leave,” Green said Monday. “I talked to my mom and my dad and we made up our mind that we were coming back and play another year. I have more things to work on and get my education.”
This long overdue post comes courtesy of the McDonald’s across the street from Madison Square Garden. It’s the only place with WiFi and an open seat.
Anyway, come back soon for some video from the day that was. First was a news conference and player interviews. It was held in the same Marriott Marquis meeting room where Mark Ingram’s post-Heisman Trophy news conference was held.
Then it was on to practice 30-or-so blocks from Times Square at Baruch College. The gym was unique since it was four flights of stairs below Lexington Avenue.
It’s time to head north for the final four of the NIT, so blog updates might be sporadic at best today. A special thanks goes out to my family in New Jersey for agreeing to lodge this wayward sports scribe for a few days.
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You can also read a little more about the Alabama defensive line RIGHT HERE.
Remember him? Justin Knox played three seasons at Alabama before leaving the program following last season. There was a contentious transfer period involving a provision blocking a move to UAB.
So Knox went to North Carolina instead.
Interestingly enough, he’ll play for a spot in the Final Four against Kentucky on Sunday in Newark, N.J. His old teammates will be settling in just up the way in Manhattan for Tuesday’s NIT semifinal with Colorado.
Take a look below at Knox’s game-by-game stats. He’s averaging 4.5 points per game after scoring 6.3 and 5.7 in his last two seasons with the Tide, respectively.