MSG News

  • Friday, April 05, 2013

    MSG Network Presents "Lost and Found: The '73 Knicks Championship Tape"

    Sunday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m.
    Following the Knicks-Pacers Game

    Special One-Hour Presentation of the Historic Win Over the Lakers to Include
    Interviews with Willis Reed, Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier, Earl Monroe, Bill Bradley, Jerry Lucas, Henry Bibby and Dean Meminger

    After 40 Years, a Complete Recording of Game 5 of the 1973 NBA Finals is
    Discovered and Refurbished – Full Game Telecast at 8:00 p.m.


    New York, NY (April 5, 2013) –
    On May 10, 1973, the New York Knicks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 to win the NBA Championship, but very few people have seen the game since that night because a recording of the full original broadcast had never surfaced…until now.

    MSG Network discovered and refurbished a copy of the original broadcast, and on Sunday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. will premiere “Lost and Found: The ‘73 Knicks Championship Tape.”

    The special one-hour presentation of the original broadcast will include all-new interviews with the stars of the ‘73 Knicks team, including Willis Reed, Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier, Bill Bradley and Earl Monroe, as they watch the game for the first time since they were on the court that night at the Los Angeles Forum four decades ago.

    “The ‘72-’73 season was the most enjoyable season of basketball that I ever played,” said Bradley. “The team was very special. We had a great complementary set of talents and personalities, and it was just fun to play. And we had a great season.”

    “When I look at the tape, I feel the same sense that I had during that time,” said Monroe, recalling the excitement and pressure of the NBA Finals. “But it’s kind of eerie to see myself 30 pounds lighter.”

    MSG Network recently discovered that a sports video collector had copy of the broadcast; however, the copy was an off-air home recording on a very rare Cartrivision tape format and was in extremely poor condition. Cartrivision, an ahead-of-its-time all-in-one television home recording system that was the precursor to the VCR, was shuttered in 1973 after only 13 months on the market.

    MSG Network commissioned DuArt, a New York film and video production house, which owns one of only a handful of working Cartrivision units in existence today, to handle the repair of the decrepit tape. Through a painstaking process over the course of two months, DuArt was able to refurbish the ‘73 Knicks Championship tape.

    “To be able to bring this game to Knicks fans on the 40th anniversary of the Championship, along with all the great memories from the stars of the game, is very special and something that we are very proud of,” said Daniel Ronayne, executive vice president and general manager, MSG Networks.

    Immediately following the one-hour special presentation, MSG Network will air the full original game broadcast. MSG.com will also feature a complete oral history of the ’73 NBA Championship, as well as extended interviews and video highlights from the “Lost and Found: The ‘73 Knicks Championship Tape” special.

    Tonight’s MSG Network telecast of the Knicks-Bucks game at 7:30 p.m. will include the Knicks’ halftime celebration of the ’73 NBA Championship as they honor the members of the team at center court.