When ‘Air Bud’ interrupted a ’92 Playoff game between the Knicks and the Pistons

When ‘Air Bud’ interrupted a ’92 Playoff game between the Knicks and the Pistons

Every now and then, a fan rushes on the court, interrupting a perfectly normal NBA game. And at times, players tend to get uncomfortable – there’s a level of unpredictability that goes along with fanatic individuals. But on April 24, 1992, no one was nervous.

It was early in the third quarter of a playoff opener between the New York Knicks and the Detroit Pistons when a fan ran onto the Madison Square Garden floor. But unlike every other time, no security was needed for this one. Instead, Dennis Rodman took the matter into his own hands. This “fan” required a particular set of skills.

Rodman – a huge animal lover himself – scooped up the dog and took him to the stands, receiving a standing ovation from a packed house at MSG. But considering the night Pistons were having, perhaps he should’ve left him on the floor for a little bit longer.

The dog later became the star of a ’97 sports comedy film called ‘Air Bud,’ which turned into a franchise based on a sports-playing Golden Retriever named Buddy. Buddy was at MSG to do a halftime show, putting the ball in the hoop by bouncing it off his snout. And that’s exactly what the Pistons needed.

They were blown out by the Knicks 109-75 after struggling to buy a bucket for the entire 48 minutes. Detroit shot 31-for-71 from the floor, allowing New York to run away with a Game 1 victory in the first round of the ’92 NBA Playoffs. The only snout that could’ve helped them wandered onto the court early in the third quarter. But Rodman escorted it off the floor.