"I think it's wrong but a lot of people say it brings a lot of people's spirits in the city. I guess it's a good thing," he said.
Will Guerra, 25, of Queens, is a season ticket holder who was looking forward to the first game against the Knicks. Guerra and a friend drove to the arena after getting up before dawn on a scavenger hunt for gas, which many stations have been unable to provide because they have either sold out or have not had power at their stations.
"It wasn't that bad. We filled up last night at 4 in the morning. We got lucky, though. We were hunting," Guerra said.
Juan Puerto arrived Friday night from Spain.
He was disappointed with the cancellation of Sunday's New York City Marathon. He thought since basketball was being played, the city could have held the marathon. He and a friend drove 30 minutes without encountering much traffic.
In previous years, the 54-year-old had run the Sahara Marathon and the Mont-Blanc Marathon.
His first New York City Marathon will have to know wait.
"It wasn't the right decision," Puerto said. "Tomorrow's the marathon. In all honesty, I feel very tricked. They could have warned us. I got here yesterday and they told us yesterday. I think they should have confirmed the event a lot sooner."