Originally posted on SLAM Online  |  Last updated 10/11/11
by Tzvi Twersky | @ttwersky Fans of all ages and geographical origins know what happened in Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals: An injured Willis Reed, much to the delight of the home crowd, emerged from the New York Knicks’ locker room and scored the first basket of the game, providing the spark that would help the Knicks win their first NBA title. Not everyone knows, though, how Reed and the franchise found themselves in that position in the first place, and how they’d find themselves back in the Finals a few years later. Harvey Araton’s beautifully titled, wonderfully written When the Garden was Eden: Clyde, The Captain, Dollar Bill, and the Glory Days of the New York Knicks rectifies that. Based off the author’s time-tinged adolescent recollections, careful research of the facts and extensive interviews with the characters, coaches and players, When the Garden Was Eden is so vivid that, at times, the games and players jump off the page right back onto the old Madison Square Garden ...
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