Madison Square Garden Rumors
The Knicks’ entertainment team tested an old-school concept in the first half of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Warriors in Madison Square Garden. They muted all the pumped-in noise, cut out the music and allowed the sounds of the game to fill the arena. Some liked the experiment. Draymond Green certainly didn’t, blasting it passionately in his postgame interview.
“That was pathetic,” Green said. “It was ridiculous. It changed the flow of the game. It changed everything. You get so used to playing the game a certain way and to completely change that? To me, I thought it was completely disrespectful to Michael Levine and Rick Welts and all these guys who have done these things to change the game from an entertainment perspective and give the game a great vibe.”
“Complete disrespect,” Green said. “You advance things in the world to make it better. You don’t go back to what was bad. It’s like computers can do anything for us and then you go back to paper. Why would you do that? It was ridiculous…They need to trash that because that’s exactly what that was.”
The Knicks have made quite a few questionable decisions over the years, but they deserve credit for a genuinely awesome idea. For the first half of Sunday’s game against the Warriors, Madison Square Garden was without music, video or in-game entertainment. It was just basketball. And the sounds that come with basketball. Really, this was a great idea.