New York Knicks: Ranking the regular season games for October 2019

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2. Oct. 23 at San Antonio Spurs

Normally, a New York Knicks vs. San Antonio Spurs game is just another matchup on the schedule. These are teams in separate conferences that will probably not meet for an important game in June.

However, Oct. 23 is opening night, which is special for any NBA team. This lets everyone begin fresh, with the lights bright and the action ready to start for the next six months.

Not only that, it marks Marcus Morris‘ first game in San Antonio since his offseason saga with the Silver and Black.

In early July, Morris reneged a verbal agreement to join the Spurs. Instead, he signed a one-year, $15 million contract with the Knicks.

When San Antonio thought they had the veteran forward signed, they traded Davis Bertans to the Washington Wizards to clear cap space, so the Latvian forward was lost for nothing. That led to head coach Gregg Popovich’s criticism of the situation, as he said the situation “blindsided” him. 

It is long over, and Morris has officially been a Knick for months, but that does not mean tensions will be nonexistent on opening night. The Spurs may not say anything, but will the AT&T Center graciously welcome the player who once committed to their franchise?

This should be a lone instance, as the Knicks and Spurs only play one other game this season. Afterward, it will be forgotten, and the year will move on for both teams.