Los Angeles Lakers Road Trip Experience: Caught in the Middle of Lin-Sanity

The Los Angeles Lakers Road Trip Experience is a four-part mini-blog documenting my journey to the East Coast to follow the Lakers. This is part-journalism, part-fanhood.

My journey will take me from Philadelphia to Boston, New York and Toronto. This is Part 3 of 4, which documents the Lakers' 85-92 loss against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

The bus I took from South Station in Boston arrived at Penn Station in New York at around 3:00 p.m. Like the TD Garden, Madison Square Garden is located directly above a train station.

Friday night's game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers was marked by one man and one man only: Jeremy Lin. 

When I was in Boston the past few days, I became aware of the growing hype surrounding the Harvard kid who has become an overnight sensation in the Big Apple. 

As game time approached, I noticed that Knicks team stores around MSG were already selling Lin T-shirts. 

I finally entered Madison Square Garden and was awestruck by the uniqueness of the "World's Most Famous Arena." It's a dark arena; only the court is illuminated. The seats are dimly lit, providing a unique ambiance unlike any other. 

The ceiling of the arena also stood out; its wooden beams converged to the center. Finally, the scoreboard looked like a vintage relic. It wasn't a high-tech HD screen, it was a larger version of a traditional scoreboard that you probably saw at your high school basketball games.

These were just a few of the unique attributes that truly make Madison Square Garden the best arena I've ever been to. 

I had a conversation with one of the ushers as I watched Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum shoot around before the game. He mentioned that major renovations were taking place at MSG. They were going to add bridges that were going to go ac...

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