About the time the Kings were scheduled to tip off against the New York Knicks, they were departing for the second city on what was supposed to be a four-game Eastern swing.
The Kings’ game Monday night in New York was postponed because of an impending blizzard. It was rescheduled for March 3 at Madison Square Garden and will begin what now becomes an eight-game trip.
Kings coach Tyrone Corbin said he could not remember having a game postponed as a player or a coach. Corbin said a positive about the situation was the Kings reached Toronto on Monday night and did not have their plans disrupted much. They play the Raptors on Wednesday at Air Canada Centre.
“At least we got out of New York, so we’ll be able to practice (Tuesday),” Corbin said after arriving in Toronto. “So we’ll be ready to roll.”
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The Kings-Knicks game was one of two games postponed by the storm. The Brooklyn Nets were to face the Portland Trail Blazers at Barclays Center. That game will be played April 6.
The last time severe weather prevented games from being played was Detroit at Atlanta on Jan. 29, 2014. That game was played April 8.
The Kings hadn’t had a postponement since Jan. 17, 1994, when the Northridge earthquake prevented them from playing the Lakers in Los Angeles. That game was played Feb. 10, and the Kings won 103-84.
With Monday’s game called off, the Kings’ longest trip of the season grew by a game. Instead of two days off before beginning the trip, the Kings will host Portland on March 1 and then head to New York.
The Kings arrived in New York on Saturday, looking to end a season-worst six-game losing streak. The struggling Knicks had won three of their last four games.
The team practiced Sunday, but later in the day, forecasts of one of the worst blizzards ever to hit the Northeast were all over local television with as much as 3 feet of snow predicted in some parts.
Still, the Kings operated as if they would play until the NBA said otherwise.
“We did go over for shootaround before we found out the game was canceled, so we got some shots up on the floor,” Corbin said.
The Kings’ charter flight departed John F. Kennedy International Airport about 7:40 p.m. Eastern time. The team and support staff left their hotel in the SoHo neighborhood at about 4 p.m., but traffic caused the trip to the airport to take about two hours.
The team was looking forward to playing Monday.
“We wanted to try to get this losing off of us, but it is what it is,” Corbin said. “We’ve got to come in here and be focused (Tuesday) and be ready to go.”
The other two games on the trip are Friday against Cleveland and Saturday against Indiana.