Confessions of a Knick fan
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Full disclosure-I was a major basketball jock as a kid in Brooklyn and played quite avidly until college. One of my major sources of inspiration was the NY Knicks. My home team. The NY Nets didn't count (even though they had Dr. J.) because they were from Long Island, some foreign country nearby and physically attached to the Brooklyn of my youth.
I do have some fondness for some other teams-the Phoenix Suns, because I lived in Arizona for 11 years but I am a Knick fan. There hasn't been much to root about or get excited over these last few years. I give big props to my homeboy Spike Lee who still supports the home team heartily and still makes great films. When I found out Mike D'Antoni, the same coach that made the Suns a contender and fun to watch had taken the job as Knicks coach I was quite intrigued. There are so many differences in team culture, fans, etc.
Anyway, the Knicks got off to a great start winning the first game of the season against the Miami Heat. I hope this signals that there is some hope in the Apple for the boys in Orange and Blue again. It's way premature to be talking playoffs and such but one can hope right? Anyhow kudos to Mike D and team and wishing continued success to harmonious team play for the season.
Before I close I'd liek to share a personal Knick moment from back in the day:
I lived next to Brooklyn College as a kid and would often go and play on their indoor courts. One time Iwas heading there and just about to the entrance when I spotted some Lincoln Continental pull in to park ahead of where I was walking. The driver got out-one tall black dude in fact. Lo and behold it was my beloved Willis Reed-the captain of my Knicks. A true warrior and one who's "big heart" style of play and dedication inspired me to play harder in my own game. Any way I was walking a little bit behind him and as an 11 year old fan was so tempted to get gushy and such with my hero. I however played it cool being a Brooklyn kid and not wanting to be uncool. After a little ways Willis turned to me and asked me if I knew where such and such a room was. I answered, "It's over that way Willis." The friendly giant of a man smiled at me and said , "thanks."
Full disclosure-even though Willis was way cool Dave Debusschere was my idol-us forwards have to stick together. 😀
Big props to my son Kevin who's enthusiasm and passion for sports has got me taking some notice again.