At the start of the NBA season and following the Tyson Chandler move, experts predicted the New York Knicks had improved so much that they’d become the fourth best team in the Eastern Conference. The only teams expected to best them were the Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, and Boston Celtics. But now, almost one month into the season, we see that the Knicks’ season has gotten off to a bumpy start and they are currently clinging to eighth place. However, since misery indeed loves company, I’d be remiss if I failed to mention they aren’t the only team who hasn’t lived up to lofty expectations.
Knicks fans, let’s commiserate on this…
The Boston Celtics are currently worse off than the Knicks. For real, their 4-8 record proves it. And if you’ve watched them play at all this season, especially during the current span of their five-game losing streak, you can admit and take pleasure in witnessing the mortality of the Big 3 as they finally transition from “aging” to “aged”. Any NYer or Knicks fan should find joy in celebrating the steady downfall of a Boston franchise, especially after they unapologetically and emphatically ruined our highly anticipated return to the playoffs last season.
The Miami Heat have also failed to get in a groove this season. After starting on a high note and running teams out the building, the Heat have hit a rough patch. As we know, Dwyane Wade is injury prone so him being sidelined early in the season isn’t shocking. Yet, while D. Wade sits out, the untimeliness of LeBron James’s clutchless gene flare up has prevented the team from finishing strong. James’s lack of killer instinct and D. Wade’s nagging injuries have resulted in the Heatles losing three in a row and an unimpressive 8-4 start. While that’s not a terrible record, by any means, the expectations for the Heat are so off the charts that anytime they take an L, an alarm sounds. As long as the Miami Heat continue to struggle, it makes the Knicks pill slightly easier to swallow.
Knicks fans, let’s also be thankful that the team didn’t hire Mark Jackson. Don’t forget, many of you were petitioning for James Dolan to bring back the New York native and Knicks alum as the team’s new head coach. For the record, I wasn’t aboard that sinking ship. But after finally getting the opportunity he’s been waiting for, Jackson’s off to an eh start. Despite beating the Knicks, Bulls, and Heat, the Golden State Warriors are 4-8, and haven’t given me any reason to think he would’ve been the right man for the job.
At least YOU have the NY Giants, right? I say YOU because I’m a Jets fan and am still trying to digest the possibility of a New England Patriots/NY Giants rematch. My worst nightmare revisited. But if you ride for Big Blue, then you have them to distract you from the Knicks for at least another week. But if you’re a Jets/Knicks/Yankees hybrid like me, let’s celebrate knowing spring training is only six weeks away. And finally, to any of Jets/Knicks/Mets fans out there, sorry homey. It’s going to be a long winter and spring. *pours out liquor*
After a scandalous off season, Jim Boeheim has coached Syracuse University to a 20-0 record. They are ranked No. 1 in college basketball and are breaking all kinds of SU records. Big East fans, let’s enjoy it while it lasts because before we know it, we’ll be saying so long to the Orange.