In what has to be one of the strangest cancellations in recent memory, tonight's Knicks-Magic game has been cancelled due to asbestos debrit falling from the Madison Square Garden attic to the floor. Here's the official announcement, via SB Nation New York.â†µ
Following last night's Rangers game, during overnight maintenance of Madison Square Garden, which included cleaning asbestos-related materials in the attic above the ceiling, some debris fell into the Arena.â†µ
Out of an abundance of caution, and after consulting with the NBA, we are postponing tonight's Knicks v. Magic game.â†µ
The press release closes by saying that "we will not reopen the Garden until we are absolutely assured the Arena is safe." That's significant for our purposes because ... the next team scheduled to visit Madison Square Garden is the Washington Wizards. The Wizards play the Knicks on Friday night, and as Frank Isola of the New York Daily News notes, it's not a guarantee the asbestos problem will be fixed by then.â†µ
â†µâ†µThere is a possibility that other events at Garden could be impacted, including Friday's Knicks-Wizards game.â†µ
There's a really good pun in here, something like "I hope Andray Blatche gives asbestos of an effort as he can no matter what." Unfortunately, the joke has already been made twice. Oh well.