NEWARK, N.J. (WFAN/AP) — The Orlando Magic had an easier time getting to New Jersey in a snowstorm than they did getting from their hotel to the arena.
A bus carrying some players and coaches to their game against the Nets on Monday night got stuck in snow shortly after leaving their hotel.
The players were forced to walk a couple of blocks back to the W Hotel in Hoboken, where they boarded a second bus taking the rest of the team to the Prudential Center in Newark.
Forward Ryan Anderson said the bus driver tried to turn a corner and got stuck in a 5-foot pile of snow.
A major storm that started on Sunday and lasted into Monday dumped more than 2 feet of snow in the New York metropolitan area.
The snow was so heavy that New Jersey Transit canceled bus service. It will resume on Tuesday morning.
“Incredibly, I never take the first bus,” Anderson said of boarding the 4 p.m. bus. “This was the first time this year. I guess I was meant to be on it. I never saw a bus travel through snow like that. We got here safe. Some of the guys, like Earl Clark, were prepared to walk in the snow, but Malik Allen was in a suit and everyone was laughing at him.”
Besides Clark, Anderson and Allen, others on the bus included guards Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick and some assistant coaches.
“Nothing you can do about Mother Nature,” guard Chris Duhon said. “It was fun watching them walk in the snow to the other bus.”
Duhon said the second bus, which left at 4:30 p.m., took a different route to the arena.
“Seeing cars completely covered in snow, it was amazing,” Duhon said. “I think we traveled about 5 miles an hour to get here. They were being extra cautious.”
The Magic rebounded from their snowy saga to beat the Nets, 104-88.
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