It had been slowly happening throughout this season. With each passing moment, whether it was a win or a loss I was beginning to enjoy the Knicks again. They drafted Kristaps Porzingis, who admittedly I had absolutely no idea what he was going to do out on the court. They had Carmelo Anthony, who I felt that they should’ve traded because you can’t do a rebuild that way in my opinion. I didn’t have a lot of expectations, because I was just worried about going in the right direction as a franchise.
So it just kept building. KP was balling and doing things that a 7’3 guy shouldn’t be capable of doing. Various contributors like Robin Lopez, Langston Galloway, Aaron Affalo, and Jerian Grant showed both their promise/flaws. I didn’t care though. I wanted to be rational and leave my expectations on the ground floor. The wins and losses didn’t matter to me and I can be honest in saying that because I wasn’t watching the postgame. I remember the days when I would hang on every postgame after the game being annoyed after a frustrating loss or an exhilarating win. There were way more losses than wins but the main point being that I was an emotional fan. I wasn’t that for a time because the New York Knicks had beaten it out of me with every disappointing move by the front office and ownership. I promised myself to wait until I saw things were going in the right direction.
I never stopped being a fan, I just turned it off man. Nonetheless, this season. This season, slowly and surely I just started to enjoy what I was watching. Not other worldly basketball like Golden State and San Antonio, just fun, exciting, flawed, learning basketball. That’s what the New York Knicks are right now. Right now, I’m going to enjoy them. When Derrick Williams competed like hell for that and-1 in OT against the Jazz it brought a smile to my face. Watching Carmelo Anthony go 13-20 and keep the team in the game with his overall play (7 boards 9 assists) has brought a smile to my face. I even got a chuckle out of Porzingis making a mistake fouling Hayward with 2 seconds left. The chuckle was an “aw shucks” man. Most fans would be irate, and I was for a minute, but it was in that win and all those moments where I said to myself, “I’m enjoying this team and I’m enjoying what I’m watching.” I can’t remember when I last said that about the Knicks. Even the 2012-2013 didn’t inspire my fandom like this, and mainly because I see hope, I see light at the end of the tunnel.
It’s good to enjoy watching the Knicks play basketball again, win, lose or draw.