NEW YORK: New York Knicks superfan Anthony Donahue made an emotional return to Madison Square Garden when the NBA side played in front of home fans for the first time in almost a year Tuesday. Donahue was one of 2,000 supporters to cheer the Knicks on during a narrow loss to the Golden State Warriors, 352 days since spectators were last allowed into the iconic venue before the pandemic shutdown.
He looked so happy Knicks forward Julius Randle got a special surprise during Tuesday’s game against the Warriors: a video message from his mom. Earlier in the evening, Randle was named to the All-Star team for the first time. He must have been feeling pretty great after he addressed the crowd and was greeted by chants of “MVP.
New York's basketball-starved NBA fans got a taste of normalcy amid the pandemic on Tuesday night as roughly 2,300 total spectators witnessed games at Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center for the first time in nearly a year. Governor Andrew Cuomo recently loosened coronavirus restrictions on indoor sporting events, approving indoor crowds at 10 percent capacity while requiring that all staff and spectators receive a negative COVID-19 test and provide documentation within 72 hours of the game.