The Cablevision property known as NYC’s Beacon Theatre has played host over the years to the likes of 3rd Bass, Dream Theatre, the Rolling Stones, the Allman Brothers, Chickenfoot and Robyn Hitchcock. In spite of that impressive list, the storied venue had never before featured the (unintentional) comedy stylings of Baron Davis and Rasheed Wallace, at least not before last night’s “Tip Off” meet and greet for Knicks season ticket holders. CBS New York’s John Schmeelk attended the gala and did his best to tolerate lengthy interludes feature Swizz Beats and sundry Fuse TV personalities, though ultimately bemoaning the event as, “90 minutes I will never get back”.
Even being questioned by Tina Cervasio and Baron Davis, it’s possible that the Knicks players would saying something interesting. Unfortunately, more or less all of their wireless mics weren’t working. The fans could barely hear a thing. This is where I point out that the fans were not allowed to hear the Knicks players, something that might be James Dolan’s and the Knicks PR Department’s dream. There is no truth to the rumor that a roadie that works with JD & the Straight Shot was seen backstage sabotaging the audio board. Carmelo Anthony’s microphone was working and he was actually smart enough to pass it around. It might be the most he’ll pass anything to his teammates all year long.
Cervasio asked the older players how they are able to play at their age. Rasheed Wallace answered it was because “they took care of their bodies.” Nearly all the players on stage started laughing out loud since Wallace is so out of shape that he can’t even scrimmage. He was also just a tad overweight in his final year with the Celtics. Truly unintentional comedy.
Davis proceeded to lead the rest of the questioning, asking the Knicks players to describe the fashion style of their teammates. It could have been funny if the players were prepared for it. Instead, one after another, the players looked dumbfounded and said nothing even close to amusing. There were similar lackluster results when they had to guess what teammate’s baby picture was being shown on the big screen. The Knicks players also tried to explain “Knicks Tape,” something they have been tweeting about. I’m still not sure what it is.
As a finale, the rookies got together to sing, “I Believe I Can Fly.” The fans booed poor Pablo Prigioni, a 35-year-old Argentinean legend, until he decided to join in. I felt terrible for him.