On This Date: Knicks win in Larry Bird’s first visit to MSG

November 17, 1979: Larry Bird makes his first visit to MSG, but he is out-dueled by Michael Ray Richardson.

Larry Bird scored 19 points in his Madison Square Garden (MSG) debut against the New York Knicks in a 113-109 loss. Although drafted 6th overall in the 1978 NBA Draft, Bird spent the 1978-79 season back at Indiana to finish his senior year of college. The NBA later prohibited players from re-establishing college eligibility (known as the Bird Collegiate Rule) if they declare for early eligibility and hire an agent. Continue reading →