Marshall Plumlee didn’t even know he had to be at the game until two hours before tipoff.
Welcome to New York, Marshall Plumlee. Get used to the traffic.
With Joakim Noah nursing an illness, the Knicks needed a big man for Sunday’s game against the Hawks. The good news is Marshall Plumlee was right nearby with the team’s D-League affiliate; the bad news is he didn’t get the call to come to Manhattan until two hours before tipoff.
“I was asleep,” Plumlee told reporters after the game. “I was going to sleep in a little bit. Imagine being woken up and saying, ‘Hey, we need you to guard Dwight Howard.’”
Plumlee was in White Plains, N.Y., where the Westchester Knicks play, and got a call around 10 a.m. that he needed to be at the Garden for a noon game, so he hopped on a train.
He must have missed the 10:27 express (scheduled to arrive at 11:09). The next one didn’t get to Manhattan until 11:28, and the one after arrived at 11:47.
I’ll bet it was the later one, because Plumlee hailed a cab to make what should be a 10-minute drive from the train station to the Garden and was still so crunched for time that he paid the driver to run a red light.
Marshall Plumlee was a late call-up for the game. He sprinted through NYC streets + paid a cabbie $60 to run a ref light to get here on time— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) November 20, 2016
When the cab got stuck in traffic, Plumlee decided to just get out and run the rest of the way.
Marshall Plummlee took a train from White Plains, took a cab and because of traffic got out and ran to MSG. Arrived in first quarter.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) November 20, 2016
He went through all that trouble and only played five minutes, recording just one rebound.