For the first half of the Monday (PST) matinee, the Madison Square Garden decided to not play any music, pre-recorded messages, and videos, allowing the game to be experienced "in its purest form."
To those wondering, this is how the arena experiment went:
Patrons were treated with on-court banter and rubber screeching—basically, a basketball purist's pipe dream. Not everyone was fond of the old-school treatment, though, specifically Warriors forward Draymond Green.
He felt the throwback gimmick was "disrespectful to everyone."
"To Rick Welts, to all these people who have done these things to change the game from an entertainment perspective and give a game a great vibe." Green told Yahoo! Sports. "It changed the flow of the game. It changed everything. You get so used to playing the game a certain way."
More players from both teams echoed Draymond's thoughts and expressed their collective dislike towards the muting.
Lost in the silence, however, were the bigger issues that Golden State and New York needed to address.
Since losing All-Star Kevin Durant, the top team in the NBA has a win-loss record of 2-1, with that lone win a close one against the East's second worst team (Sorry, Brooklyn). The acquisition of Matt Barnes was nothing more than a feel-good homecoming.
The Warriors' roster overhaul is finally rearing its ugly head, with no Harrison Barnes, Marreese Speights, or even Leandro Barbosa to fill the big hole left by Durant on offense. Pray that good news will come out of his re-evaluation in four weeks.
The Knicks, on the other hand, should focus on resolving the drama surrounding their franchise than putting up a good front through some nostalgic stunt. Fans have been tired of the mediocrity for so long, and, as Charles Barkley says, they deserve better than this shit.
It's too late in the season to salvage a playoff spot (and most likely fall to a higher-seeded matchup in the first round of the Playoffs), so investing on young players like Willy Hernangomez, Ron Baker, and Kristaps Porzingis is the only way to go. Also, somebody get Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony in the locker room to talk it out.
Who would've thought that one relatively quiet game between two polar opposites held greater significance to each team's campaign?