“Here’s what I don’t like about people like you. What I mean by ‘people like you’ is ‘people who are not Knick fans.’”
- Stephen A Smith
It’s three in the morning and I just got home about an hour ago; the free agency floodgates opened at midnight. After a long day, I am about to go to sleep knowing that the Knicks’ main target at the moment is Eric Gordon.
Sources: Free agent guard Eric Gordon has emerged as Knicks’ top perimeter target. Sides starting to discuss parameters of a possible deal.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 1, 2016
Outsiders think they know what it’s like being a Knick fan: they’ve grown to accept losing/they’re always overly optimistic, and being irrational is a constant no matter the circumstances. If you ask me, they’re right, and that’s the problem. There’s nothing in this universe more frustrating than an emotional connection to a losing sports franchise that has no direct impact on one’s life.
I’m the sports guy, the fanatic, the lunatic, the guy who has called out of work countless times to watch games, because, well, sports is sports. The fact that this franchise has remained firmly stuck to the bottom of the barrel year after year is a fate worse than death to the fans that make this city what it is.
Part of the problem? False hope. By the time this gets published, we, The Knicks of New York will have probably tremendously overpaid Joakim Noah*, hoping that he’s the second coming of Charles Oakley. Over the next week you’ll see thousands of tweets a second from desperate Knicks fans attempting to lure Kevin Durant to “The Mecca of Basketball”. The majority of these pleas from the Knick faithful will come in response to the media’s reporting of all so called “meetings” between Durant’s camp and Phil’s, and so on, and so forth.
*Editor’s Note: Yes, they did
`The buzz surrounding this great city during a time like this cannot be compared to anything else in the NBA world. With even the slightest of chances that Phil will have a successful a sit-down with one of the top three players in the league, Knicks fans are oozing at the mouth at the tantalizing thought of Melo and Porzingis sharing the court with a talent like KD; yet, everyone and their mother knows that Durant will make the smart choice and stay in Oklahoma City for at least one more year, then opt out and receive the max deal after this season.
I took a trip to the NBA Store in Manhattan the other day with a close friend so that he could purchase a new Derrick Rose jersey, and while checking out at the register, we made small talk with the cashier who mentioned her favorite player was Durant and that the Thunder were her favorite team. I asked, “what if Durant signs with us here?” She lit up brighter than The Garden and said, “I guess I’ll be a Knick fan if that’s the case!”
My point is this: EVERYONE is talking about KD. You have garbage men leaning off the back of their trucks talking to drivers. You have teachers, hoopers in the park, and everybody in between, all twiddling their thumbs in excitement. The city of New York and its aura at a time like this is simply unheard of – regular season games aren’t even being played yet our future’s are in the balance and fans are responding with a wide range of emotions. The Knicks are our greatest love and our worst enemy.
The city I live in and grew up in since made me proud over these past two weeks or so, while talks gained traction that Durant is ‘considering’ the Knicks. That’s the beauty of New York and of being a Knick fan: give us an inch, and we’ll take a mile and then some. Look no further than this quote I got the other day from your average die-hard Knicks fan: “Eric Gordon can average 30 a game, right? Right?!”
Ok, you caught me.
That was me.
I don’t care if it’s irrational: give me KD or give me death!