Months after renewing their 90s rivalry with the Heat in the playoffs, the New York Knicks will revisit the decade with their training camp location. Media Day will be held on Monday, Oct. 2, followed by the start of camp on Tuesday.
Several NBA teams leave their respective cities for training camps, with the Nuggets headed back to San Diego for the third year and the Sixers going to Colorado Springs. Maybe Philadelphia’s thought process when deciding its camp location was to go to the state of the defending champions in hopes of breaking its 40-year drought.
Typically, the Knicks stay in NYC, but not this year. Per Post and Courier’s Andrew Miller, The Citadel announced on Sept. 19 that New York will spend part of training camp in Charleston.
Miller noted the Knicks spent back-to-back years in Charleston for training camp in the 90s when Pat Riley was the head coach.
Knicks to hold training camp in Charleston for first time since 1990s
The Knicks are the second consecutive team to have training camp at The Citadel, as it’s where the Sixers were last year.
Unlike New York and Philadelphia, Charleston offers a slower pace of life. That didn’t stop the Knicks from making noise in South Carolina in the 90s, especially with the infamous Anthony Mason and Xavier McDaniel fight that happened on the first day of camp in 1991.
Chris Herring, who wrote Blood in the Garden: The Flagrant History of the 1990s New York Knicks, did a superb job documenting the decade, including the fight. While the physicality of the 90s was entertaining to watch as a fan, hopefully, this year’s Knicks don’t have a similar scuffle.
New York will be in the Lowcountry from Oct. 3-7 before returning to the city to prepare for the first preseason game on Oct. 9 against Boston.