The whole player introduction sequence was way over the top, with smoke. I liked the video presentation celebrating the great moments in franchise history.
Needless to say, they stopped with Larry Johnson’s dramatic playoff four-point play.
There was a nice montage of the current players looking all serious, then a Go New York Go rap from Q-Tip, which actually had the fans sitting in silence. And when I say loud … Stephon Marbury was sticking his fingers in his ears.
James Dolan is on the baseline. He’s sitting up straight for the moment.
The fans were generally very enthusiastic, but forgot one golden rule. I don’t care who it happens to be, the best player on the visiting team should always get booed the loudest. The fans cheered loudly for Dwyane Wade.
At the other end, Marbury was introduced first with the reserves. Eddy Curry got booed. David Lee was the first starer brought onto the floor, and Mike D’Antoni was introduced last to the loudest ovation.
Here we go.