New York Knicks Boo-Hooing Over Haunted Hotel

Lori Matta-RhodeCorrespondent IJanuary 13, 2010

NEW YORK - MARCH 07:  Eddy Curry #34 of the New York Knicks talks to teammate Nate Robinson #4 against the Detroit Pistons on March 7, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Uniforms? Check.

Game plan? Check.

Hotel reservations? Check.

Proton packs? Oops. Left them in New York with Dr. Peter Venkman and the rest of the Ghostbusters.

When a team loses a game, players can come up with all kinds of reasons why.

But this is downright scary.

The New York Daily News reported Monday that several New York Knicks players had trouble sleeping earlier this week while they were in Oklahoma City to play the Thunder.

The reason? They are convinced that the Skirvin Hotel, where they were staying, is haunted.

"I definitely believe it," Jared Jeffries told the Daily News. "The place is...scary."

Eddy Curry claims he slept for only two hours Sunday night because he couldn't stop thinking about the ghosts that supposedly roam the hotel.

For years, guests have reported ghost sightings and strange noises. Legend has it that in the 1930s, a maid who had an affair with hotel owner W.B. Skirvin jumped to her death while holding their baby in her arms.

"They said it happened on the 10th floor, and I'm the only one staying on the 10th floor," Curry said. "That's why I spent most of my time in (Nate Robinson's) room. I definitely believe there are ghosts in that hotel."

"There are too many stories," Curry said. "Something is going on there."

The Knicks were routed by the Thunder Monday night, 106-88.

And ghosts may be partly to blame?


Apparently, the Knicks don't watch much TV. Anyone who has caught an episode or two of Ghost Whisperer, Paranormal State, Ghost Hunters, Ghost Lab, or Psychic Kids knows that all you have to do to keep annoying apparitions at bay is simply tell them to leave you alone.

That usually works.

Perhaps the Knicks should put a psychic/medium on the payroll.

Until then, bottles of holy water and rosary beads could be distributed to the players and coaches on the team bus.

If they fail to keep the spirits away, at least the Knicks can use them to pray that they play better the next game.