It was Military Appreciation Night at the Garden on Wednesday, and the game was filled with tributes to the Armed Forces – including a clip on the Jumbotron of pacifist Joakim Noah meeting with cadets.
On the court, however, Noah, who skipped a dinner with cadets during training camp because of his anti-war beliefs, was the only player not wearing the special “Hoops for Troops” socks. According to Knicks PR, the reason wasn’t out of morals or to make a stand, but rather because the special socks did not come in his size.
Every player on both teams wore the socks, with the exception of Noah. In October, the 31-year-old explained why he skipped the dinner and speech from a retired colonel.
“It’s hard for me a little bit,” Noah said. “I have a lot of respect for the kids who are out here fighting. But it’s hard for me to understand why we have to go to war, why kids have to kill kids around the world. So I have mixed feelings about being here. I’m very proud of this country. I love America but I just don’t understand kids killing kids around the world.”
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News