When will New York go up against former Knicks players?
OAKAAK, or Once A Knick, Always A Knick, is something we Knicks fans love to say. We warmly embrace and respect just about every player who has worn the orange and blue at one point or another, and it is always fun to see these familiar faces across the court.
So, let’s go over some of the notable former Knicks players who New York will compete against and when fans will be seeing them.
Right away, the Knicks will battle with one of the best players to play in New York in the last decade. The Celtics will be in town on opening night, and the newly added Kristaps Porzingis will be with them. While it didn’t end great in New York for him, in recent months, more and more fans have come around to liking KP again and even hoped he would be traded to or signed by New York.
Clearly, he isn’t making a return to MSG as a member of the home team, but Knicks fans will still get to see him plenty this year, barring injury.
New York’s most recent notable free agent departure is another former All-Star point guard, Derrick Rose. The last time fans saw Rose, he received roaring applause from the Garden crowd, as we all expected his Knicks days to be numbered.
Since then, New York declined his player option making him a free agent, and he hooked up with the Memphis Grizzlies. New York has two matchups with the Grizzlies on January 13 in Memphis and February 6 at home.
And finally, we can’t forget about Obi Toppin. It has only been about a month since Toppin was dealt to the Indiana Pacers. It will be painful seeing him in anything other than a Knicks jersey, but many fans are happy for him and his new opportunity.
Whether for joy or jealousy, you can count on Knicks fans wanting to tune into these games. The Knicks will face the Pacers in Indiana on December 30, February 1 in New York, and again in New York on February 10.