So I wanted to share a little of my experience this past weekend with everyone (or at least those who look at this thread). I live in North Carolina and decided as a birthday gift that I would get Knicks/Bobcats tix for my brother. To say he is a fanatical Knick fan doesn't describe his fanaticism in the least. I don't know another person as rabidly intense about the Knicks as he is. It's great though. Anyways, I'm a simple dude with a typical job and we have doen this before a couple years ago (it was end of the season and Jamal Crawford was still a Knick... but hurt). Last time I got seats in the lower level (about 15 rows up from behind the Knicks bench). They weren't very expensive (I believe like $50each) and it was fantasitc because we felt pretty close to the floor and could really gauge just how large these players actually were (and how short Nate robinson actually is). It was a terrific experience and I believe the Knicks won the game even. The Charlotte Bobcats have a very nice arena and run a very good and reasonably priced show. Hard not to like/appreciate them. We actually got to meet Muggsy Bogues and got a high five from David Lee (also injured) while he was talking to someone by the players tunnel.
Anyways, this time had to be at least the same or better. I wanted those Lower Level seats again. You know, you figure out how to fine tune the 2nd time around, so I did just that. Get there earlier, bring a pen, cus who knows if you will run into a player or a famous face, right? So of course we go and sign Amar'e and trade for Melo and that alone makes $50 for a lower level ticket pretty impossible. I wanted to keep location a secret for the surprise factor. I worked a few avenues and when all was said and done, I finagled a pair of seats in the 2nd row.... ON THE FLOOR. Seriously? Seriously. I paid a good amount for them, but surely the same seats at MSG would have been 3x as much. No fucking way would I ever that close to the court. So there was a row of courtside seats, then a walkways behind them, and then rows of seating began. We were on the aisle in the 2nd row on the floor. Fucking fantastic. I found a supremely bright orange hoodie that I wore (easy to spot on TV?). The only hindrance (if you can even call it that) was we were by the Bobcats bench rather than the Knicks bench. But we were right behind the basket, guys. Holy shit these guys are big. Kwame Brown is an absolute monster of a person (still sucks though we made him look decent). It was incredible watching a game this close though. We could hear the fouls under the hoop. If a errant pass led to the ball going out of bounds by the poop corner, we could have caught it. Had to be ready, man. The LadyCats (Bobcats cheerleaders) were right in front of us as well and my oh my they were gorgeous. I wouldn't put any plastic accessories (read: boobs) past them either. Either way, I may have had a moment with a few of them (well, moment to me...I'm easily charmed).
You guys all know how the game went though. It was depressing to see the Knicks play so flat. Carmelo seemed like the only guy looking to win the game. Amar'e looked exhausted to the point where I think he should have gone to the bench. Interestingly though, as the Knicks made a late run, the building livened up. In our section there were a number of Knick fans with jersey's, hats and shirts. Loud too. All around the arena were pockets of Knick fans who stayed loud during the game. It got to a point, no joke, where it almost felt like a home game for NY. Carmelo swished a 3 and the place half-exploded in cheers. The Bobcats fans tried to counter the NY noise y cheering louder for their own guys too and we suddenly had a game. It got to a point where Stephen Jackson (Bobcats captain!) was on the line shooting FTs and a loud chorus of "boos" swept around the arena!! Not just a few people either. It was a significant volume from a lot of people!! I couldn't believe how many Knick fans peppered the crowd.
If only it would have spurred the Knicks to victory. Anyways, the game finished and we took our time leaving. Never got to see any players (we were early for shootaround, but couldn't go over to the Knicks side). My brother's mind was completely blown though. Don't if we will ever get such an opportunity like this again, but we definitely made the most of it. I'm still processing everything 2 days later. I took a lot of pictures too. I'll post a few of them later tonight in this post. What a night. Oh man.