Dwyane Wade Will Donate Tonight's Game Check to Victims of Hurricane Sandy
The last time the Miami Heat were in New York, they were busy denting Knickerbocker ass on their way to a first-round playoff series victory, the first of many on their way to the title.
Remember when New York managed to win one game in that series and Madison Square Garden celebrated like the Knicks had won a championship? That was hi-larry-us.
Anyway... things are a bit more somber now, after the city was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. The Heat is set to take on the Knicks at MSG tonight in its second game of the NBA season. But Dwyane Wade thinks the game should be postponed.
Wade also says he'll be donating his pay from tonight's game to charity benefiting victims of Hurricane Sandy: about $210,000 before taxes.
"It's my favorite place to play," Wade told USA Today. "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."
There has been some criticism thrown Micheal Bloomberg's way for not postponing the game or this weekend's New York City Marathon.
New York certainly has always been a "life goes on" kind of town. But the NBA postponed Thursday's Knicks-Brooklyn Nets game at the new $1 billion Barclays Center.
Last night, Wade took to Twitter to express his concern for the victims:
"I just felt there were bigger things to be concerned about than us being here to play a basketball game," Wade said today, in response to the tweet. "Obviously sports is something that takes people's minds away from things, but there are bigger things that need to be done here in the city."
Thousands of New Yorkers are still without electricity, and many stores are closed with signs hanging on their doors that read, "No Food."
Some traffic lights around Madison Square Garden are not working while parts of Lower Manhattan and Midtown are without power.
Wade says he's looking for the right charitable organization to donate his game check to.
Tip-off for tonight is scheduled for 8.