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With the start of the 2008-09 NBA season, I can’t help but think about my beloved New York Knicks. It has been ugly as of late – coaching changes, player turmoil, media bashing and in-house friction. They have suffered through 7 straight losing seasons!
It’s been so bad, I actually stopped wearing my Knicks hat!
The team I grew up rooting for has a new coach and a new look. Their offense will be fast-paced, up-tempo led by head coach Mike D’Antoni.
When you think about the Knicks, names like Frazier, Monroe, Bradley, Reed, Lucas, and even Phil Jackson come to mind. Their head coach back in the day Red Holzman had a slogan/mantra, ‘Hit the open man‘ it’s a theory I subscribe to with my players at Jackson Community College.
Last night the Knicks opened with a victory over the Miami Heat 120-115.
They were flying up and down the court and playing team basketball.
Stephon Marbury, the Coney Island product didn’t play – the fans were chanting, ‘We want Steph, we want Steph’.
Now hold on, these were the same fans who last season were booing him.
I recall buying a cheap ticket with our student I.D. for four bucks, climbing the endless sets of escalators up to the ‘blues’; once the refs tossed it up, we began our trek sneaking down as close as we could get to the court. One night I sat so close to the Knicks bench that I could hear Hubie Brown screaming at Trent Tucker.
“TRENT, YA GOTTA PLAY SOME DEFENSE!”
Hanging outside on 33rd and 8th waiting for the players to sitting in the orange seats on Christmas night with GT watching Bernard King drop 60 on the New Jersey Nets!
GO NEW YORK, GO NEW YORK, GO!