Group I (Bitter): These are the Knicks fans who became so furious with the remarkable job of Isiah Thomas of turning a proud franchise into the laughing stock of the league, that they have completely lost hope and cannot even bear to think about the team without going into a profanity-laden tirade. They are now New Orleans Hornet diehards.
Group II (Angry & Passionate): These fans are as equally furious with the last few seasons as the fans in Group I, yet they still watch as many games as possible. They yearn for the days of hard fouls and teams built around defense. They really just cannot wait to be a part of another NYK playoff run.
Group III (Disenchanted): These fans are still supporters of the team but stopped watching games and really don't care about what has happened, what is taking place, or what will happen. Wake them up when the Knicks have an important game to play in March or April. They have never heard of Randolph Morris.
Group IV (Stubborn): These fans can be spotted wearing jerseys of either #11 Crawford or #4 Robinson. David Lee and Renaldo Balkman are future all-stars to this lovable group and this team is a Derrick Rose away from wreaking havoc in the Eastern Conference and challenging the Celtics for Atlantic Division supremacy.
As I said before, these are obviously over-generalized and every Knick fan is unique. Where I stand is very simple. Whether you are actually at the game or even just watching on TV, there is absolutely nothing like a playoff atmosphere at the Garden. And, this is coming from someone who actually hates the fact that New York fans like to toot their own horn by calling themselves the greatest fans in the world in the greatest city in the world. But, in an attempt to be as unbiased as possible, I really can't think of anything more intense than a playoff game at MSG.
After the Rangers' overtime loss in Pittsburgh yesterday, Chris Drury had this to say about the disappointing end to their season, “There’s always ifs and buts, but I couldn’t imagine what playing in the Garden would be like tomorrow if we pulled this one off,” Drury said. “And I don’t think they (the Penguins) wanted to go back there, either.”
It's sappy, yes, but it's true. That's why I have hung on through all of this, because in the end, it will feel THAT much more gratifying when we get to be a part of this (below) in a meaningful game.
...Tommy Dee says...
I grew up with Hubie Brown's teams, an eclectic group of defenders with a dynamic scorer in Bernard King but no interior presence to speak of. Bill Cartwright was a good post option, but a liability defensively. When we drafted Ewing there was a building block, and the organization learned after Pitino that they needed to slow the game down which allowed them success throughout the 1990s.
Unfortunately, that "winning" style has been outlawed by the NBA, which has made a point to play the game more up tempo and more exciting. Isiah clearly had no clue how to manage this evolution, so most importantly, the team needs a coach who understands the style of the East, which is still rugged, just more up tempo.
Where do you guys stand? Leave your thoughts in the comments area....