It’s been 192 days since the New York Knicks played their 2021-22 regular-season finale, but tonight, the Knicks will take on the Grizzlies in Memphis to open up the 2022-23 regular season.
As expected, the latest odds favor the Grizzlies, but the Knicks could leave FedEx Forum with a win. It isn’t that bizarre to think that, either. Memphis lost a couple of key bench players during the offseason and will be without Jaren Jackson Jr., who underwent foot surgery in June. On paper, the Grizzlies are still the better team, but those New York guys could spoil their home opener.
Guess who predicted that the Knicks will win their season opener? Stephen A. Smith. That’s a joke because as we all know if Stephen A. is talking about the Knicks, he’s screaming negative things about them. However, Tracy Morgan was a guest on First Take on Wednesday morning, and he said that he believes that New York will beat Memphis.
Tracy Morgan and Stephen A. Smith get into a debate over the Knicks
Tracy Morgan’s a regular fixture at Madison Square Garden, where you can find him sitting courtside. Stephen A. Smith, however, said that he refuses to go to the Garden because of James Dolan. Something that Knicks fans can agree with Stephen A. about is that Dolan is a terrible owner, but other than that, fans seem to want to separate themselves from Stephen A.
While Morgan is excited about the new season, Stephen A. feels the opposite. To Smith, the problem with New York is coming from those at the top. He said that the front office “cares about the wrong things.”
Morgan responded to his rant and said, “You’re not going to get me to not love my team.” Stephen A. said that he does love the Knicks, which led to Morgan telling him to “show it” by supporting the team and going to games. If Stephen A. does make it out to MSG this season, the majority of fans likely wouldn’t be excited to see him there, but at least Morgan would be.
New York isn’t going to be one of the top teams in the East, but the new season has brought a different level of hope and anticipation than previous ones. The Knicks have a prime opportunity to steal a game from the Grizzlies tonight. If New York wins, expect to see Tracy Morgan back on First Take yelling “I told you so” at Stephen A. Smith.