New York Knicks (18-22) at Toronto Raptors (26-13). The Knicks are reeling, losing nine of their last 11 games, although they did beat Chicago in their most recent outing. Getting their second win a row is a tall task. The Raptors have beaten the Knicks in four straight meetings, including by a 118-107 count at the Air Canada Centre earlier this season.
Making things more difficult for New York, Kristaps Porzingis is not expected to play for the second straight game due to a sore Achilles.
“I need to get it 100 percent before I step on the court again,” Porzingis said Saturday. “We have a tough schedule ahead of us and I would like to be back as soon as possible, but I have to make sure I’m healthy and can give 100 percent to the team.”
It’s another sad chapter in the ongoing saga of race relations among the Hawks’ brass and their fanbase, most of which has its roots in and around metro Atlanta area, which has one of the nation’s largest black populations.
In 2014, former Hawks GM Danny Ferry made derogatory comments about African-born NBA standout Luol Deng. An investigation into those comments produced similar evidence against former Hawks owner Bruce Levenson, who once said, “The black crowd scared away the whites,” and added, “There are simply not enough affluent black fans to build a significant season ticket base” in an email in 2012. The revelation of those comments ultimately led to him selling the team. (Note: Nielsen estimated African-Americans’ purchasing power would reach $1.3 trillion Premier League Cheap Jerseys this year. That’s more than enough to sustain the Hawks’ profitability.)
What’s even more ridiculous than Wilcox’s initial comment, given Texans Cheap Jerseys his position with the team and its history, are the ones he chose to use in apology.