Basketball in the Boroughs: Staten Island

By Joseph Taranto, Knicks Fan Since 97'

Not only do they score big at The Garden, but the Knicks are scoring big in the community.
With the new addition of Basketball in the Boroughs program for the 2012-2013 season, the Knicks and Chase have designated certain months to celebrate the five boroughs that make up New York City.
To continue the program from last month, January has officially been named Staten Island Month. Current and former Knicks were on hand to visit Staten Island to help commemorate the event.
Former Knicks' John Starks and Larry Johnson were out greeting fans on January 22nd at the Islands' New Dorp Chase branch. The two Knicks legends signed autographs and gave away prizes alongside the Knicks Groove Truck.
Later on that day, Knicks fans, young and old alike, battled the frigid temperatures and lined up outside of the Chase branch at the Staten Island Mall. The event featured current Knickerbockers J.R Smith and James White along with the Knicks City Dancers. When asked about the cold, one Knicks fan said it was all "worth it" to get his brand new J.R. Smith jersey signed.
Fans were able to take photos and bring in items to get signed by the players, who seemed to be enjoying the event as well. Fans were also allowed to pose with the Knicks City Dancers as they waited to meet and greet their current on court heroes.
However, the events on the Island didn't stop there. On Thursday, January 24th, Johnson and his old Knicks associate John Wallace were at Intermediate School 49 providing a two-hour basketball clinic to kids, an initiative that helps promote the NBA's FIT program.
To cap off all the events, the Knicks will host the visiting Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, January 27th at MSG. This home game has been marked as Staten Island Night at the Garden and will wrap up Staten Island Month for the Knicks. With three boroughs remaining, the Knicks look to continue to spread their team spirit all over the city.
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