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New York Knicks wing Josh Hart and his wife, Shannon, are the proud parents of twin boys who were born on Friday, the same day as Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series in New York.
Hart was ready to be there for the birth of his sons and miss Game 6, but a doctor told him he couldn’t come home from Miami.
Instead, she was there for the birth virtually via Zoom. ESPN’s Malika Andrews relayed the story on NBA Countdown:
“They made sure they had helicopters on standby, private planes on standby, police escort in case they needed it when they called,” said Andrews regarding the Knicks’ preparations for him.
“So of course when Josh Hart got the call this morning he jumped in the car, ran to the airport, but on the way, he got a call from the doctor saying, ‘You know what? I am not sure you’ re going. To do this. It will take you four, four and a half, five hours to get here, and I don’t think we have that kind of time.’
“So he had a tough decision to make. In the end, he decided to get back in the car, turn around, go to his hotel room in Miami where the Knicks helped make a kind of make-shift that Zoom in so he’s there. Far away. By the way, Shannon, the twin boys were born around 2:30 Eastern. All healthy and doing well.”
Per Andrews, Hart has a car and plane on standby so he can fly home immediately after Game 6 to be with his family.
The Knicks entered Friday facing a 3-2 deficit in the best-of-seven series. Hart has played a huge role in the team’s success and playoff run since he landed with the Knicks via trade from the Portland Trail Blazers in February.