Pardon me, but I'm not used to this. I'm 34 years old and have been living and dying with the Knicks for as long as I can remember. I can still picture sitting in my grandparents house in Jersey for game 6 and 7 of the NBA Finals. I still remember the entire house groaning when Starks missed that 3. I remember sitting in my family's car to watch Allan Houston's game-winner against the Heat and the unreal fist pump. Watched that game on a portable TV and let me tell you I never felt cooler than rocking that bad boy. A little like 6 or 8 inch TV that got a few channels. Used to sneak it to school to watch the NCAA Tournament too during lunch. The point is I've lived through it all. And most of it has been bad. The heartbreak at the draft lottery. The heartbreak seeing All-Stars selected right before the Knicks pick. The collapse of a team I thought I could count on from my childhood.
That all changes now. Other teams used to be this way. You lose to the Knicks and you were disgusted. Not anymore. Julius Randle is speaking the truth here. They choked the game away against the Magic on Sunday and it still ate him up a few days later. That's the type of dude I want as the face of my franchise. Not sleeping until 4am? Hard to tell if it's losing to the shitty Magic or having two kids. Either way, it doesn't matter. The Knicks are good.
That's right. The Knicks are good. Watch them play. They have completely changed their style from last year. They are looking to shoot threes - pretty important today. They can still play in the post and let Julius attack. RJ has turned into an unreal defender. Time for a fun stat!
*Takes a minute to change pants*
The fact is the Knicks did exactly what they had to. They bounced back from a shitty loss and ran those bums from Philly off the court. That's the sign of a good team. Like, yeah, losing to the Magic isn't ideal. In order to still be a playoff team you need to take advantage against shitty teams. But the fact that it ate Randle up and then they go out and dominate the Sixers? Good team.
That's before we get into the fact that Evan Fournier has changed this team. Before we get into the point guard play. Tommy Stat time!
That's before we get into the fact that Mitchell Robinson has changed his game. He's not fouling. He's still defending at an elite level. He's rim rolling. It's all gorgeous. Finally let me end with this.