Marshall Plumlee wasn’t going to let a red light prevent him from making his NBA debut on Sunday.
With Joakim Noah out sick, New York needed Plumlee. The New York Knicks rookie was called up from the D-League only a few hours before the team’s afternoon matchup against the Atlanta Hawks. With little time to spare, Plumlee paid a New York cabbie $60 to run through a red light in order to make it to Madison Square Garden on time.
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
Running through the red light ultimately didn’t help the 24-year-old make it before tipoff.
Plumlee said arrived at Garden midway through first quarter after getting 10 am emergency call.
— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) November 20, 2016
Plumlee’s rush to MSG proved to be worth it, however, as the seven-footer made his NBA debut in a 104-94 win over the Hawks. Plumlee played five minutes, registering a single rebound. His debut won’t go down as one of the most memorable in Knicks history, but the fact Plumlee was able to play after getting called-up on such short notice is an amazing story in itself.
Hopefully, the next time the Knicks call Plumlee up from the D-League, there will be plenty of time for him to get to the arena. That way, he’ll save $60 and put himself in a much safer position.