What has happened to this once proud franchise? Maybe proud isn't the word. Maybe interesting is the word. It's been years since I gave a damn about the Knicks. I wish this wasn't the case.
It's been about 20 years since I started following the team on a daily basis. I am more likely to be able to name the starting 5 from that team than this team (Mark Jackson, Gerald Wilkins, Johnny Newman?, Bill Cartwright, Patrick Ewing vs. Stephon Marbury, Jamal Crawford?, Quentin Richardson?, Jared Jefferies?, Eddy Curry).
I was never a big Patrick Ewing fan, but I have certainly come to appreciate him in the past 5 years or so. Along with good coaching (from Pitino, Riley, Van Gundy) and scrappy, hard working players (Oakley, Starks, Mason, shit even guys like Charlie Ward were trying), the team was always significant, even if they were always bridesmaids. I always hated the feeling when the Knicks fell short each spring. I wondered whether it would have been better if they were no good at all. I think I can say for sure now the answer is no. And not because it hurts more as a fan now because it doesn't. It's because I just don't care about the team anymore.
And all I have is jumbled memories (for better or worse) from the better days. Remember Charles Smith blowing the series against the Bulls in 93'. Kenny Walker winning the Dunk contest back when it was meaningful. Van Gundy hanging from Alonzo's leg. Remember Allan Houston with the shaved head hitting that shot to defeat the Heat and running across the court and taking a swing at the air followed by LJ's 4 point play in 99'. These were moments that I haven't forgotton. I can remember where I was and who I was with for all those times.
So what does this all mean? I guess it means I'm sad. I can't think of a solitary "moment" that I can remember as a Knicks fan since the game Patrick Ewing came back to the Garden in a ridiculous Sonics uniform. And as long as I continue to hear news such as "Dolan says Isiah's job is safe" I won't be caring because I know it's not gonna get any better. And if I'm not caring, I won't be getting any new notes for my memoirs.
And as for Eddy Curry and his gripes about not making the All-Star team... He's a starting center with 7 rebounds and .5 blocks per. Doesn't sound like an All-Star to me.