But let’s end political talk there and begin again with baseball
How about basketball? New York City is, of course, one of the best basketball towns around. In my lifetime, the Knicks have had only one very good stretch of competitive basketball. Before the early 90’s, we suffered through the Rory Sparrow Era Knicks. That was followed by the Johnny Newman sharpshooting squad. And then Pat Riley arrived, Ewing reached his peak, Charles Oakley opened his carwashes, John Starks gave up his job bagging groceries in Oklahoma, and the ship turned around. Those Knicks teams–so hated by everyone outside of NYC and fans of pretty basketball–were the toast of the town. I remember those days fondly even though the Knicks never ended up winning the whole shebang. The city felt electric during those days. Would you believe that those teams are still beloved despite their failure to overcome Michael Jordan and then Hakeem Olajuwon? Would you believe that among the fans who love those perennial runner-ups are famously entitled Yankees fans?
I am one of those long-suffering
fans who wishes desperately for the return of a good Knicks team.
Before the start of every season (the NBA begins tonight by the way),
even including recent years, I tell myself, “Hey, maybe the Knicks will
be fun to watch this season!” Then the first game happens and I
realize, “This is probably going to suck.” So I won’t be fooled again
in 2008. Instead, I’ll go back to the video tape and re-watch the 1994 season. Here’s a nice memory. One of these decades, who knows, maybe they’ll get back the magic.