Following a defiant seventh-round knockout of previously unbeaten Jose Pedraza (22-1, 12...
Knicks Burn Heat in Grand Opener
Updated: November 5, 2012
Melo Show’s Bron-Bron Who’s King for the Day
NEW YORK, NY (BASN)— — Perhaps it was the travel? Perhaps it was the venue? Perhaps it was the post celebration aftermath? Perhaps it was Dwyane Wades rant, “3 hour traffic just to get into the nyc, c’mon man.” (a tweet that was all of a sudden deleted). Whatever it was the Knicks will take it. In a sensational 104-84 victory in the line wire to wire except for a few ties in the early going. The revamped New York Knicks gave their fans and the entire city something to cheer about with the victory over the LeBron led reigning NBA Champions.
The Mayor (Mike Bloomberg) had postponed the Brooklyn Nets vs New York Knicks home opener at the Barclay Center the night before and subsequently the annual New York City Marathon. The Knicks however were deployed to play, even though as center Tyson Chandler stated, “when we all got into the locker-room we all had our minds on the hurricane. But, when we came out (of the tunnel) and saw all of the fans cheering, we knew we had to play,”
The Knicks led by Melo Anthony’s 30 points and 10 rebounds played a nearly flawless game. Not only did they hold the champs to 84 points, the Knicks shot 52 percent for the game while committing only 12 turnovers. The Bockers were also hot from the 3-point line as they shot 19 for 36. That’s not something that will happen each and every night but, they have enough elements and versatility even without Amar’e Stoudemire out for perhaps the first 20 games.
Speaking of Stoudemire aka STAT, he had surgery on his left knee this past Thursday after getting a second opinion from Phoenix Suns team doctors. The original recovery time table of 2 to 3 weeks has all but been eliminated. Stoudemire has had a rough go of things with injuries and a personal crisis. But, he’s a proud warrior of a player and he’s still valuable to the Knicks as Coach Mike Woodson said, “Amar’e is a big piece of our puzzle in terms of what we are trying to do, he’s very important to us.”
For a night anyway the City had a little something else to think about. Real life no doubt is real life and sports is no doubt sports. Can the Knicks keep things going and bring home something that the New York football Giants were able to do?
Jerald L Hoover