MSG fotog shares stories behind iconic hoops snaps of Jordan and more

Growing up on Long Island, George Kalinsky always wanted to be Hall of Fame center fielder Willie Mays or Harlem Globetrotter Marques Haynes. Instead, he went to art school and became the official photographer at Madison Square Garden in 1966 — a job he still holds today — capturing some of the most legendary moments in sports and entertainment history.

(Kalinsky sat out last season because of the risk of COVID-19, but he did shoot one playoff game. And he intends to return to photograph the Knicks this season.)

Ironically, the 85-year-old’s camera and artwork has ensured he’ll be recognized alongside some of his heroes. This

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