Written by Nicholas McGowan
From twenty rows up in the upper deck of the student section I watched my Syracuse Orange go toe to toe with the Duke Blue Devils. It was quite the game. The final score was in Duke’s favor, 80-72, but there was some good to take out of it. I was able to watch Jahlil Okafor play, and let me tell you, he is special. This 6-11, 260 pound freshman came into the Carrier Dome and just played. He went off for 23 points on 10 of 15 shooting, added 13 rebounds and a block. He shut down Syracuse’s best player Rakeem Christmas or “Rak” as we students call him. Rak finished with just 11 points and 6 rebounds, well below his averages of 18 points and 9 rebounds. It was hard to watch as Okafor held Rak to 5-17 from the field. That game last night, only solidifies my stance that the Knicks need Okafor, we cannot settle for a Karl Anthony-Towns or an Emmanuel Mudiay because they are not on the same level. Every time Okafor touched the ball all I could do was think about how much I want him to be Knickerbocker.
While Okafor stated the other day that we would be happy staying in Durham for another year, the Knicks should be more focused on losing. The Lakers are 1-9 in their last ten games, pushing themselves to only 3 games ahead of the Knicks. The Sixers and T-Wolves sit at one and two games ahead of us respectively. While the Knicks should still be considered the frontrunners for finishing in last, there is some competition. Continue reading
In mid-January when predictions of crippling snowstorms came through from the US National Weather Service the NBA took the decision to postpone the NY Knicks home game against the Sacramento Kings.
The Kings had arrived in New York on Sunday night but, with the huge snowstorm apparently set to wreak havoc, it looked likely that the team could end up stranded in The Big Apple. The NBA postponed the matchup just after lunchtime, leaving the Sacramento side to make a hasty dash to Toronto for their next game.
The threat of a “potentially historic blizzard” also prompted driving curfews along with airport, subway and school closures across New York. When the storm failed to materialise in quite the manner which had been forecasted, Mayor Bill de Blasio had to defend himself against claims that such measures were a gross overreaction. He was acting only on the information he had to hand.
Massachusetts and Connecticut did endure very heavy snowfall but New Yorkers were left thinking to themselves “Is that it?”
Naturally, this is not the first time in history that a Knicks game has had to be cancelled, there have been 15 postponements in all. Most recently, Hurricane Sandy put paid to 2012’s opening match of the season but the last time snow forced a Knicks game to be called off was in 2000 when travelling to Washington DC. Other cancellations to be called included the immediate game following the assassination of President Kennedy.
The Knicks poor season continues. Sitting in fifth place in the Atlantic Division at the time of the Kings game, with a 9-38 record, the short weather-bound break might help them to take a breather and regroup.
The game against Sacramento Kings has been rescheduled for March 3. Tickets bought for the January 26 game will still be valid and fans can also look here for their NBA fix.