Where was the buzz for Knicks Opening Night??
Added by Michael Schepp on November 2, 2013.
As the 2013-14 NBA season is now underway, the Knicks opened up by hosting the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday night. The newly transformed Madison Square Garden was looking better than ever and was decked out in orange, as every seat had a shirt draped over it. Opening ceremonies were conducted beautifully and Carmelo Anthony received the biggest ovation.
Once the game started, the excitement was not there, as I expected it would be. Was it due to the fact we were playing a Bucks team that might be fighting for a lottery spot in the upcoming draft, or just because they lost there two all-star guards in Brandon Jennings and Monte Ellis over the past season?
Another factor to consider for a quiet crowd can be the Garden itself. Fans could have been walking around checking out all the new amenities that the garden has never featured before. Taking a walk across the Chase Bridge, or testing out the new food and team stores that are all over the concourse seemed to be popular things to do.
Photo Credit: HOWARD SIMMONS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
A fast start for the home town Knicks also put the crowd on hold. The game seemed out of reach once the lead grew to 25, but as we all know in the NBA, teams go on runs at any given time. Fans might have been dangling themselves over the Chase Bridge once the Bucks took a 1 point lead late in the 4th quarter. The Garden finally came to life once Carmelo Anthony missed a reverse layup and Tyson Chandler cleaned up the mess with a put-back dunk. Two more baskets by Carmelo allowed the Knicks to have their first win of the season.
The Garden was quiet till things got interesting down the stretch on Wednesday night. I will not be worried once these games get more intense and playoffs are around the corner, because we all know the best fans in the world are right here in New York.