For the first time in a long while, there is a club residing in Madison Square Garden which is demonstrably good at playing basketball...like, we can prove it with records and stuff. That team, of course, is the New York Liberty, who sport the best record in the WNBA.
David Vertsberger covered the WNBA's strong support from its male colleagues, and a couple of familiar names popped up: Langston Galloway and Cleanthony Early. The young duo have showed up courtside at Liberty games several times this season.
"I love coming out here and watching basketball. I'm a big basketball fan and definitely with these guys I know them personally on that level so I always come out to support and show that I care," Galloway told me following the game. "I feel like it's a lot of guys when they get a chance to go to the game they really enjoy it because it's below the basket. It's nobody out here dunking or anything like that."
Our man Cle represents a new phenomenon for the young league: NBA player who grew up going to WNBA games.
"Gotta come to support New York. I'm from New York, came to Liberty games when I was a kid, so I thought I might as well keep up the tradition," Early said. "Game recognize game whether you're in high school or pee-wee league. You got game, you got game. People gonna recognize."
I kind of wish Early had chosen his words a little more carefully there, with that high school/pee-wee league stuff, but his heart is definitely in the right place.
Liberty forward Tina Charles -- who just finished third in the MVP race -- remarked that the shared training space between the Knicks and Liberty naturally fosters a great deal of camaraderie. Whatever the reason, it's good to see members of the Knicks support their MSG compatriots. Who knows, maybe some of that winning will rub off on them!