Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 11/3/12
A sports team's season debut should never be this dramatic.  And for the New York Knicks, this wasn't even supposed to be their 2012 season opener and it almost wasn't. Friday night's Knicks first game of the season against the Miami Heat became the first major sporting event in New York since superstorm Sandy hit the area. The Knicks already had their first game of 2012 against the Brooklyn Nets in the Barclays Center postponed because of Sandy and there was still debate whether or not this game should have been played as well. At game time, there were still millions of people in the area still without power or heat. The Knicks knew of the controversy and its star player ''Melo Anthony' — as he was called by the announcer — hoped the team could provide some sort of brief distraction from the destruction outside the refurbished Madison Square Garden by going on with the game. 'Melo — backed by his teammates — took the controversy by its shoulders, stepped out to center court before
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