Update: I’m an idiot, they are in MSG tonight
Year 1 for the reborn (again) Knicks starts tonight versus Chitown. So get ready for a bunch of lame tweets with triangle puns and passive-aggressive comments about every bad play. Facing the Chicago Try Hards followed by the Cleveland LeBrons certainly wasn’t the nicest way to ease into a season, but we might as well get these games out of the way now.
I think it is pretty clear that it will take the Knicks some time to jell the new faces with the new offense, but I hope they will have the triangle down and be hitting their stride during the playoff push in March and April. Like all other Knicks fans, I am real excited to see what the young guys (Early, Larkin, and even Wear) can add to the team. As usual, I expect Melo to to do his job well and pray the other 14 guys on the roster do the same. A few other notes:
1. As always, a good chunk of the team’s success depends on if Good J.R. Smith or Bad J.R. Smith plays that night. The Knicks offense can get stale at times, and J.R. has already dropped more than a few hints that he doesn’t really “get the offense”, just like that one Twitter chick wasn’t really trying to “get the pipe”. Whether or not J.R. allows himself to learn the triangle is instrumental to that Photoshopped banner above going from dream to reality.
2. All Knicks fans have waited for Iman Shumpert to stay healthy and become a star. This may be his last season in New York to prove that he can do that. Shump has always had the quirkiness of a star, but has very seldom played like one. Fisher and The Zen Master are going to do everything in their power to unleash Shump’s talent. If they can’t get more out of him, it will be the Tim Hardaway Jr. show, with Shumpert taking his fashion “sense” to another city.
3. It sounds like Jose Calderon should be a good fit for the triangle, since he can rain threes when the ball finds it’s way to him. Not having a point guard that is always in a McDonald’s or the patty wagon like Raymond Felton should be a nice change. At the 5, Sam Dalembert is just keeping the position warm until Marc Gasol signs here (PLEASE GOD!!!).
4. I cannot fucking WAIT to get Andrea Bargnani and Amare Stoudemire off of this team. They are just a constant reminder of money and draft picks that could have been used on young, cheap talent. Anything positive from either of these yo-yos is a W, in my opinion.
5. I love that before last year, no one talked about the Raptors being a competitor. Now they are a lead pipe lock to win the Atlantic. By the end of the season, I hope these predictions:
look like these predictions:
6. The new ESPN “Return” commercial is fire flames simply because it features the most underrated song of all-time.
7. However, ESPN clearly forgot that the most important return takes place in The Mecca of Basketball. I don’t care if the Knicks don’t play on Friday night. LeBron and D-Rose haven’t won any rings in their home state. And we all know what Kobe has won without Big Chief Triangle guiding the Lakeshow. So I fixed their mistake.
8. Finally, this will probably not be the year that the Garden becomes Eden again. But it should be the beginning of an era where the Knicks are always competitive. So break out your orange and blue and douse yourself with nostalgia. Because in it’s heart, New York City is a basketball town. Go New York, Go New York Go!