Madison Square Garden open again, Knicks/Wizards set for Friday

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Good news Knicks fans — Madison Square Garden is open again, in plenty of time for John Wall to come to town Friday and shred your defense.

The Knicks announced today that the building is open again, according to Howard Beck at the New York Times. The next scheduled event is the Knicks hosting the Washington Wizards Friday night.

Tuesday night’s game against the Magic was cancelled after construction work in an attic area above the playing surface knocked down debris that was thought to contain asbestos. A statement by the Knicks said the building was cleared by “city and environmental experts.”

Tests showed know asbestos had been released into the arena. Whether or not asbestos was part of what was knocked down remains unclear, and with the Knicks penchant for secrecy we might as well try to find out what’s in Area 51 while we’re at it.

But the doors are open at MSG. No date for the makeup game between the teams has been set.

Heat waive Shavlik Randolph, Kenny Hasbrouck

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The end of the Heat bench — the guys we’re talking about today then likely not mentioning again all season — is starting to shake itself out.

The Heat have cut loose Shavlik Randolph and Kenny Hasbrouck, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel on twitter.

What that means is that there is one more cut — point guard Patrick Beverley or Da’Sean Butler. The smart money says that it is Beverley, as he is shooting 28 percent this preseason and all he can do is play a little defense (which others do better at the point in Miami). While Butler is injured and would provide little this season, he has a lot more promise and with this roster the Heat can afford to wait.

Or they could cut Jamaal Magloire, but that is not likely considering how the Heat needs every big body it can get, no matter the quality of play. They will need the fouls for hack-a-Shaq someday.

Randolph and Hasbrouck do get a nice parting gift — both had $250,000 guarantees in their deal. Not a bad paycheck and they likely will be playing somewhere (the D-League or Europe) this season.

Tyreke Evans suspended one game, Brandon Rush five games by league


Thumbnail image for evans_game.jpgWhen the Sacramento Kings open the season in Minnesota, the reigning rookie of the year will not be on the floor.

Tyreke Evans was suspended one game by the league after his reckless driving incident this summer in Sacramento.

That was one of three fines handed down by the league Friday.

Indiana’s Brandon Rush was suspended five games for violations of the league’s drug policy. To earn a suspension you have to have failed a test three times (the first two lead to counseling).

Kenny Hasbrouck of the Miami Heat was suspended two games after pleading guilty to a DUI. This happened in New York before he signed with the Heat.

One could argue that driving under the influence is a bigger risk to society than doing drugs, but these are pretty much the standard NBA suspensions for these kind of violations.