Didn't they "honor" him by trading him there?
Video tributes are like retired jerseys, if you retire one, you're going to get arguments why you don't retire more.
What did Nate really do to deserve a moment that is most always reserved for greats? Yes, he played hard, yes the fans identified with him and throw in the dunk titles he was a player who could be identified as a Knick.
Call me old fashioned but I think of a weepy Mark Messier returning to the Garden with the Canucks, or Ewing coming back for the first time as a member of the Sonics.
Nate captured many fans' hearts and admiration, but tributes are deserved of those who were accomplished on the court. And in that sense, Nate was far from great.
Help me out here. Did John Starks get a tribute, I honestly don't remember. Some fans have said yes, some no. Oakley got one, at halftime, so did Charlie Ward, two battle-tested core members of winning teams.
I doubt Chris Childs got one, and he was far more accomplished as a Knick than Nate.
To be fair, Tony Rice Balls informed me that Jamal Crawford got a highlight reel during a time out, but players like Marcus Camby, Kurt Thomas and Latrell Sprewell did not. Maybe the organization should move forward and by doing them for everyone from now on as a classy gesture. It could go a long way in rebuilding the image of the organization.