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In the early 1970s, America was being torn apart by the war in Vietnam, racial unrest in the streets and distrust of the White House. But there was a happy place where men of different backgrounds showed people what could happen when you worked together: yes, Madison Square Garden. In "When the Garden Was Eden," director Michael Rapaport chronicles the glorious and glory years of the New York Knicks, when they made the NBA Finals in three out of four seasons, winning two titles. Stitched together by Red Holzman, the historically mediocre Knicks might have seemed an odd collection of characters: a forward from the rarefied air of Princeton (Bill Bradley), two players from the Jim Crow South (Willis Reed and Walt Frazier), a blue collar guy from Detroit (Dave DeBusschere), a pair of inner city guards (Earl Monroe, Dick Barnett), even a mountain man from Deer Lodge, Montana (Phil Jackson). But by embracing their differences and utilizing their strengths, they showed the NBA-and the world-what it was like to play as a team. That they did it on the stage that New York City provided made it all that much sweeter.
- Stars: Angelo Dundee , Antonio Davis , Barry Switzer , Bernie Kosar , Bill Clinton , Bill Gallo , Bill Plaschke , Bill Simmons , Bo Jackson , Bob Costas , Bob Ryan , Brent Musburger , Brian Bosworth , Bruce McNall , Bryan Burwell , Charley Steiner , Chris Berman , Chuck D. , Clyde Drexler , Connie Chung , Craig James , Curt Schilling , Dale Hansen , Dan Le Batard , Dan Patrick , Dan Rather , David Stern , Dennis Rodman , Dick Vitale , Donald Trump , Ed Bradley , Fred Akers , Howard Cosell , Howie Long , Hubert Davis , Ice Cube , Jack McCallum , Jalen Rose , Jane Pauley , Jay Bilas , Joe Dumars , Joe Theismann , John Singleton , John Starks , Johnny Dawkins , June Jones , Keith Jackson , Keith Olbermann , Kenny Anderson , Kevin Blackistone , Larry Bird , Larry Brown , Larry King , Leon Searcy , Lou Holtz , Lou Piniella , Magic Johnson , Maria Shriver , Mark Heisler , Mark Messier , Marv Albert , Michael Eric Dyson , Michael Jordan , Michael Wilbon , Mike Krzyzewski , Mike Tirico , Mike Tyson , Pat Riley , Patrick Ewing , Pedro Martinez , Pete Rozelle , Ray Van Ness III , Roy Williams , Rudy Giuliani , Sal Marchiano , Sam Smith , Sidney Lowe , Skip Bayless , Snoop Dogg , Spike Lee , Terry Francona , Tom Brokaw , Vin Scully , Wayne Gretzky