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Report: As of yesterday, Knicks were one NBA team that favored playing with fans in attendance

Knicks owner James Dolan

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 28: New York Knicks owner James Dolan reacts as he watches an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors from his front row seat on March 28, 2019 at Madison Square Garden Center in New York City. Raptors won 117-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

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The NBA suspended its season. Rudy Gobert forced the league’s hand by testing positive for coronavirus.

Prior to that diagnosis, the NBA reportedly neared a decision to play games without fans in attendance.

Those seemed to be the only two choices – playing without fans or hiatus.

Not an option: Continuing to play games with fans present. That would have been grossly irresponsible.

Unless you asked the Knicks.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Did the Knicks actually support this plan? Were they actually the only team to support this plan?

I have some skepticism given the anonymity of the sources and how easy it’d be to exploit the prevalent belief that the Knicks are always wrong.

Also: The Knicks haven’t earned benefit of the doubt.