"I don't take nothing for granted. I'm scared of Sandy," he said after Sunday's Knicks practice at Madison Square Garden. "Just the thought of New York having a hurricane, that doesn't even sound right. Me personally, I'm not playing with this weather; I'm not one to play with Mother Nature and I'm scared of Sandy."
As of Sunday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center expected the center of the storm to hit the mid-Atlantic coast by Monday night, according to the New York Times.
On Sunday, Mike Woodson held out hope that he could practice on Monday and in the coming days. The coach joked that he asked a Knicks official to put sleeping cots in the team's training facility in Greenburgh, N.Y., so players could sleep at the facility and practice during the day.
The Knicks open the season on Thursday against the Brooklyn Nets, so the next three practices are considered pivotal.
"I still want to practice regardelss of what the weather looks like," Woodson said, though the coach will clearly err on the side of caution if the weather prohibits travel. "My concern is with guys that are in the city, making sure they give themselves enough time to get up ... to practice. So hopefully it won't be that bad."
Jason Kidd lives in Manhattan and joked on Sunday that he planned "to take my chances and challenge Sandy."
"We just hope that it’s not as bad as they’re saying," the veteran point guard said. "Coach said no matter we’re having practice tomorrow. If you have to swim to get there you have to get there. You just hope everybody’s safe and we’re not without electricity for a long time."
The Knicks have several injured players who are hoping to practice enough to be available for Thursday's opener. So a cancellation on Monday would set the team back.
Tyson Chanlder is dealing with a bone bruise in his left knee and hopes to participate in a scrimmage on Monday. J.R. Smith has been practicing after missing four preseason games with an Achilles injury.
Rasheed Wallace is trying to improve his condition so he can take the floor against Brooklyn. Marcus Camby has been sidelined for the entire preseason due to a calf injury. He will be re-evaluated after Monday's practice and hopes to be able to work with the team -- and take contact -- on Tuesday.
"I’m hoping to get out there this week, get a couple of practices under my belt and hopefully try to get ready for this opener," Camby said.
Unfortunately for Camby and the rest of the banged-up Knicks, Hurricane Sandy may get in the way.