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10 Years at Madison Square Garden

November 13, 2013

Ten years ago today I shot my first event for Madison Square Garden, the iconic New York City sports and entertainment arena. The company owns the three teams that play there and manages other venues including Radio City Music Hall and the Beacon Theatre. Was my first shoot a Knicks or Rangers game? A big arena concert? A Rockettes performance? Nope, it was a Knicks “Read to Achieve” community event with rookie players Slavko Vranes and Maciej Lampe at El Faro Beacon Community Center in East Harlem. And thanks to the wonders of the Archive.org “Wayback Machine,” you can read all about the event on a saved version of the Knicks website circa November 2003!

So where are they now? The 7’7″ Vranes, after playing a grand total of one NBA game (while on a 10-day contract with the Portland Trailblazers after being waived by the Knicks shortly after this event), bounced around various Eastern European and Middle Eastern professional basketball teams. He currently plays for Iranian Basketball Super League team Zob Ahan Isfahan. Maciej Lampe, only 18-years-old at the time of this event, was traded annually around the NBA (January 2004 to the Phoenix Suns, January 2005 to the New Orleans Hornets, and February 2006 to the Houston Rockets), before retiring from the NBA at the ripe old age of 21. He went on to play for teams in Russia, Israel and Spain, and is currently signed with FC Barcelona.

And me? Ten years and 1400+ shoots for Madison Square Garden later, I’m still here in New York City :) You can read more about my early days at MSG in this blog post from my series, “How I Became a Professional Photographer and What I Saw Along the Way.”

Slavko Vranes:

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Maciej Lampe:

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