In their prime-time match-up against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday afternoon, the New York Knicks experimented with the crowd’s in-game experience. They decided to make Madison Square Garden go old-school.
Per Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post–
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) March 5, 2017
The game was televised on ABC, and without sound, you could hear everything on the floor. It was quite unusual, even on T.V., but the move was generally well received by writers and fans of the game. However, the same could apparently not be said for some of the players who were on the floor.
After the game, Warriors forward Draymond Green commented on the move:
“It was pathetic. It was ridiculous. It changed the flow of the game, it changed everything,.. You get so used to playing the game a certain way, to completely change that, to me I think it was disrespectful to everyone from (senior VP of entertainment) Michael Levine to (Warriors executive) Rick Welts and all these people who have done these things to change the game from an entertainment perspective and give the game a great vibe. That’s complete disrespect. 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. It’s like going back to paper… They need to trash that, because that’s exactly what that was.”
Green has had a history of being outspoken in the past, but he makes a very valid point. Most players don’t even practice in that quiet an environment, so to play in a game with such silence must have felt foreign to them.
It wasn’t just Green who made comments on the move, Carmelo Anthony did as well:
“It was different. It was different than what we’re used to.”
Anthony was asked he meant that in a negative way, but he again responded, “It was different.”
The Knicks declined to point out whose idea this move was, but according to The New York Times, the NBA has stated that the move was the Knicks’, and the Knicks’ alone.