From the silly to the incredible to the defeating, Friday’s preseason New York Knicks and Charlotte Bobcats matchup was a notable exhibition.
It first featured a fun return of a legend: Patrick Ewing.
During the pregame show, Knicks writer and on-air talent, Alan Hahn was discussing some of the moves of the day – with Chris Smith (JR’s brother) making the team over more potential-laden talent – when a familiar face walked up to the glass behind him.
The icon, working with the Bobcats this year, made a return to the Garden for his standard standing applause and to joke around a bit.
JR Smith, coming off an injury and heading for a 5-game suspension, still looked like he was in mid-season form, knocking down a half-court shot to end the 3rd quarter and giving us his signature hand motion.
It also featured a Carmelo Anthony which historically was rare: he missed a last second shot that would have tied the game. Luckily, these games do not count.
Finally, Madison Square Garden re-opened with its newest innovation, the Chase Bridges, which span across the ceiling of the Garden, delivering one of the most unique views in sports today.