Announced attendance at the New York Liberty's season opening 85–82 win over the Chicago Sky: 12,088. Not bad! It's a key season for the Liberty, who have never won a title but have their best chance this year, thanks to an off-season trade for all-star Cappie Pondexter. That attendance is just below the Nets' season average this year. If LeBron doesn't come, at least there will be one superstar No. 23 at the Garden in 2010. Take what you can get.
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