On Thursday, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit rookies -- Natasha Barnard, Hannah Davis, Kate Bock and Emily DiDonato -- joined second-year model Nina Agdal at Madison Square Garden for the Knicks-Thunder game. It was also a night to pass the torch as Nina, the 2012 Rookie Award winner, presented the 2013 Rookie of the Year Award (sponsored by Ram) to Kate Bock. This is the fourth year for the award (previous winners include Chrissy Teigen (2010), Kate Upton (2011) and Nina Agdal (2012). Here is Kate's acceptance speech (with some dancing by Nina at the end).
But it was really a night to celebrate all the rookies, and what better way to celebrate then a luxury box at the World's Most Famous Arena. As you can see below, it was a memorable evening.
Natasha and Emily catch up as they walk to their seats.
The former and current Rookie of the Year - Nina and Kate - embrace below a Sports Illustrated poster.
Emily and Hannah pose during a break in the action.
The models make an appearance on the scoreboard early in the second quarter.
Natasha and Nina love when I take photos of the eating.
Hannah and Emily get photobombed.
Just when you think the night can't get any better, Knicks legend Larry Johnson walks in. I was angry with myself after for not having him do the "LJ" in this photo so I added it in the top right. Also worth noting that when Johnson won the 1992 NBA Rookie of the Year, Nina wasn't born yet and Kate was a year old.
Former Syracuse star John Wallace must've heard about the models from LJ because he joined us a few minutes later.
Hannah and Emily (wearing her favorite leather jacket) pose during a lull in the action.
Kate and Nina sandwich SI senior editor MJ Day, who runs the swimsuit issue.
Did I mention that this was Hannah's first-ever NBA game. Same for Kate.
Last but not least, a group shot of the girls inside the World's Most Famous Arena.