OPINION – You know that saying, where you have to love someone from a distance. By doing so, it helps to remedy any future hurt one may have if you love a particular person(s) closely. Let’s keep it real, we have all experienced hurt in our lives once or twice. Sometimes, you know the person that you care about isn’t good for you, so you are better off loving them from at arms length.
Well, that’s what I have been doing for this 2015-2016 Knick team, which is loving them from a distance. Sure I follow the team, but not like I use to follow them in the past. The heartbreaks for the past two decades have taken a toll on my aging heart. My heart has taken a drastic beating, and it can no longer be subjected to more abuse. I am still hurt by Patrick Ewing’s 1995 finger roll. I am still disheartened by John Starks shooting blanks in 1994 while a well-crafted shooter like Hubert Davis sits on the bench wasting away.
You see the NY Knicks are the epitome of heartbreak. It didn’t matter when one started watching the Knicks after the 1973 championship team. Any time after that has resulted in disappointment, so now I just love this Knick team from a distance. I’m watching the Knicks like a stalker keeping a tab on an ex on Facebook, without them knowing (don’t act surprised, we all done it).
Too many good things have been happening lately with this team, but I’m very cautious. One of them is the fact that rookie Kristaps Porzingis (KP) who was drafted by Phil Jackson is amazingly good. I will admit, when Adam Silver called KP’s name as the 4th lottery selection in the 2015 NBA draft, I was not a happy camper. I assumed KP would be a Euro-wimp that Knicks fans would have to wait to see develop. I had flashbacks of Frederick Weis being selected before Ron Artest and subsequently decline to play in the NBA after Vince Carter figuratively placed his scrotum in Weis’ face. After that debacle, Weis became a running joke for years to come, and his career ended in a blink of an eye. My dislike for any player overseas being drafted by the Knicks has been cemented in my mind ever since.
What gets me raising another cautious eyebrow is the fact that this team is doing something they were immune to last year – which was play defense. I mean Carmelo Anthony couldn’t guard a stop sign last year and now he is dedicating his time to playing defense. Other bright spots like Arron Afflalo, Langston Galloway, and Kyle O’Quinn are making me think of playoffs. Then I snap back to reality and always dig in the past when I had high hopes for this team, but always seem to be disappointed. No, I’m not thinking this team should win the championship (they are still missing some very important key players). I just feel this team if they continue to play the way they are playing now, can catch a lot of teams off guard. So far, we are doing just that by surpassing the wins we have on the road, compared to last year. The only gripe I have thus far is the 4th quarter woes.
I’m keeping an eye on them, but my golden rule is only to watch them on rewind when they win. My time is limited to watching them live, so my excuse is to catch them later. Watching them on re-wind on MSG is the equivalent to watching them from a distance. I won’t get my hopes up, but I love what I see in this young season, thus far. Wait, I may have jinxed it – I’ll revisit this post in April…
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