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Preseason Home Opener

Posted By Justin Sammartano On Oct 16 2010 @ 3:33 pm In New York Knicks | No Comments

Within the past week the Knicks have hosted a pair of events at the Garden.  These events included an open practice on Sunday, and a preseason game on Wednesday against the Celtics.  These two events were important for one reason and one reason only, the fans.  This week was basically the first time in which the Knicks were able to showcase their newly acquired star to the fans in the heart of NYC.  Anyone who attended the open practice on Sunday were able to enjoy a front row seat to watch their team run drills, and even meet some of the Knicks.

Wednesday night marked the first Preseason game at the Garden.  I would like to start off by saying that I have been to dozens of regular season games within the last five or so seasons and not once can I recall the volume of energy as high as it was on Wednesday night. Okay I lied, I was there when Nate Robinson dropped 45 against Portland. That was exciting.  That being said, this was a PRESEASON GAME.  You never really hear the words preseason and exciting in the same sentence.  The City of New York has waited too long for a competitive basketball team, and I’m not saying that we have a spectacular team this season by any means, but their is a positive sense of hope in the air.  The idea that the Knicks could potentially be playing post season basketball at the end of this season for the first time in six years has got New Yorkers EXCITED.  To put the icing on the cake, Mr. Four Point Play himself, Larry Johnson, was sitting court-side.

I know I know, Garnett fouled out within the first five minutes of the game, and Paul Pierce made one agonizing shot to win the game, dropping the heads of every single person as they walked out of the Garden.  Still, the STAT man, Amare Stoudemire managed to drop thirty in just under twenty-five minutes. Impressive.  The Knicks held the lead for the majority of the game, and one thing that you have to be happy about is the defense.  The Knicks havn’t had a solid defense in ten years, an improvement in this area can mean big things for this team. Gallinari was a bit less productive then you would want him to be, yet slack was picked up by Ray Felton, Bill Walker, and Timofey Mozgov, who all had a productive game.

Side Notes:

  • The Knicks have hired former star Anthony Mason to work with Eddy Curry.  Mason says “Sky’s the Limit” for Curry.
  • The Knicks seek revenge tonight in Boston as they take on the Celtics for a second time this week.
  • D’antoni plans on running an eleven man roster this season which is much deeper then his rosters in the past which usually reach eight or nine men.

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