Did a haunted Hilton hotel distract New York Knicks in Oklahoma City?
Did hotel ghost stories worry the New York Knicks too much before they played the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday night?
Knicks fans are talking about the question after the New York Daily News ran a story about the team’s Sunday night stay at the century old Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City - a hotel that’s famous for being haunted. On Monday, the Thunder beat the Knicks in a 106-88 blowout.
According to the Daily News, player Eddy Curry told the Daily News that he slept just two hours Sunday night because he was worry about ghosts roaming the Hilton. And player Jared Jeffries said that he “definitely” believes in the stories, the story says.
"The place is haunted. It’s scary," Jeffries told the Daily News.
Hilton’s website for the landmark hotel mentions no ghosts. Instead, the site describes the restored hotel as being “synonymous with elegance and innovation hosting oil barons, dignitaries, political leaders and Presidents.”
But the Skirvin Hilton has a reputation of being a famously haunted hotel, complete with ghost sightings and strange noises. During the Prohibition era, when the hotel operated a speakeasy, a woman jumped to her death while holding her baby in her hands, according to an entry on the website LegendsofAmerica.com. The woman is believed to have been the mistress of the oilman - W.B. Skirvin - who built the hotel.
"They said it happened on the 10th floor and I’m the only one staying on the 10th floor," Curry told the Daily News. "That’s why I spent most of my time in (Nate Robinson’s) room. I definitely believe there are ghosts in that hotel."
According to the Daily News article, Knicks assistant coach Herb Williams teased Jeffries and Curry for believing in the stories - but Curry didn’t laugh.
"There are too many stories," Curry is quoted as saying. "Something is going on there.
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