Report: Knicks Postpone 50th Anniversary Championship Celebration Over Coronavirus Concern

No Future Date Has Been Set

Alec Gearty
March 11, 2020 - 9:18 am

The New York Knicks have reportedly postponed their celebration of the 1969-70 championship team over concerns regarding COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. 

Members of the team that brought the Knicks their first title expressed concerns about traveling and flying in for the celebration as coronavirus spreads throughout the country, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman

The Knicks were set to honor the iconic squad during a halftime ceremony on March 21, when they would face the Golden State Warriors. Knicks legends Walt Frazier and Willis Reed reportedly planned to attend the ceremony. In 1970, New York defeated Los Angeles in the best-of-seven series to claim its first of two NBA Championships. 

  Former Knicks Walt "Clyde" Frazier, Willis Reed, Bill Bradley and Dick Barnett appear on stage at the Hospital for Special Surgery 35th Tribute Dinner at the American Museum of Natural History on June 4, 2018.
Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Hospital for Special Surgery

Neither the NBA nor the Knicks have yet to formally announce the postponement or a specific rain date. 

The NBA, however, discussed a course of action if impacted due to the coronavirus. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the league discussed scenarios to move games to NBA cities that have not yet been subjected to coronavirus. The discussion comes in wake of the NBA's decision — along with the MLB and NHL — to close off its locker rooms from reporters and media.

Last week, the league sent a memo to teams about the possibility to playing games without fans in attendance. According to USA Today, NBA teams playing behind closed doors is a "last-resort contingency plan."