Wade says postpone Heat-Knicks game
by Jeff Zillgitt. USA TODAY Sports , USA TODAY
NEW YORK – Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade loves basketball, and he loves playing Madison Square Garden. He just doesn’t want to play basketball in Madison Square Garden tonight.
Wade said tonight’s Heat-Knicks game at Madison Square Garden in storm-ravaged New York City should have been postponed, and he told USA TODAY Sports he will donate his salary from the game to charity.
When it comes to road venues, “It’s my favorite place to play,” Wade told USA TODAY Sports of the Garden. “But just knowing a lot of people here and knowing what they’ve been going through with no power, no water, no food … to me, it just seems like there’s bigger things to be concerned about than a basketball game.
“Even though I know life goes on and you still have to do certain things, I just felt that they canceled the game in Brooklyn, then this one would be canceled as well. … The game tonight shouldn’t be played.
Wade plans to donate his pay from Friday’s game – approximately $210,000 before taxes – to charity, and said he and his teammates are looking for the right charitable organization.
“The money I make tonight can be left for a good cause,” he said. “I know a lot of people here. Knowing the things they have been through, it’s just mind-boggling. Miami is a place that is affected by hurricanes all the time so I know how the community can be impacted by it. It’s tough.”
Thousands of New Yorkers remain without power, and store shelves have been depleted of basic staples. A handful of traffic signals near busy Madison Square Garden were out, and other traffic lights flickered. Driving into Manhattan revealed large stretches of lower Manhattan and lower mid-town in the dark.
Coffee shops and diners were packed with customers Friday morning, many people in long lines waiting to order food and beverages and to use restrooms. Some restaurants had signs on the front door that read “Closed, no food.” Several blocks south of Bryant Park at West 40th Street and East of 5th Avenue were without power while businesses … [For more on Wade says postpone Knicks game; donates to Sandy victims, click here.]