As he, Malik Allen, Earl Clark, Jameer Nelson, Quinton Richardson and the entire Orlando Magic coaching staff sat stranded on one of the team’s two buses headed to Prudential Center, Ryan Anderson was unsure if they’d ever get to The Rock for Monday night’s game against the New Jersey Nets.
“It’s funny,” Anderson said. “We were sitting there on the bus thinking ‘Are we gonna be here the whole night?’” What’s gonna happen?”
The Magic’s first bus departed from team’s Hoboken hotel at 4 p.m., only to find itself caught in a snowbank minutes later. A blizzard had caused almost two feet of snow to fall in the New York/New Jersey area, making road conditions treacherous for drivers.
“I thought we were gonna get there,” Nelson said. “But I thought we were gonna have to get help.”
It never arrived. After 30-40 minutes of waiting, the group walked a couple of blocks in the 25-degree weather back to the hotel and joined the rest of their teammates on the second bus. They eventually crammed in and got to The Rock at 5:35 p.m. -- 90 minutes before tip-off and about 35 minutes later than usual.
The Magic ended up overcoming a slow start to beat the Nets, 104-88.
“It’s been a crazy-long day,” Anderson, the former Net, said after scoring 10 points in 29 minutes. “I’m ready for bed.”