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Nobody gives a flying f**k about the Knicks or the NBA.

Most of us grew up as diehard New York Knicks fans throughout the entire 90's where Madison Square Garden once rocked (Spike Lee) alongside the likes of Mark Jackson (on and off) John Starks, Anthony

If only Jetnation had an "Other Sports" section to place these types of stories.

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The Knicks must be a giant pain in the ass to play against right now.  No matter who you are you are not going to enjoy playing against this Knicks team.  It isn't exactly Xavier McDaniel, Charles Oakley, Anthony Mason and Patrick Ewing but it is close enough to where I am getting flashbacks.

This is such a breath of fresh air after years and years of being the laughing stock of the NBA.

Fun times.

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13 hours ago, EM31 said:

The Knicks must be a giant pain in the ass to play against right now.  No matter who you are you are not going to enjoy playing against this Knicks team.  It isn't exactly Xavier McDaniel, Charles Oakley, Anthony Mason and Patrick Ewing but it is close enough to where I am getting flashbacks.

This is such a breath of fresh air after years and years of being the laughing stock of the NBA.

Fun times.

A scrappy defensive team with good bigs, ragtag scorers on the bench, a few just good enough and just naive enough youngin’s, a fiery veteran coach, and absolutely nothing to lose. No idea where any of this is going but the Knicks are the last team that any of the top seeds in the East want to see in the playoffs. The Knicks are certainly not a championship team but they are definitely capable of going balls out for a series and upsetting someone. 

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2 hours ago, RutgersJetFan said:

Actually a pretty huge game tonight. Mavs are fighting for their playoff lives and the Knicks have their draft pick this year. Would be pretty dope to make that a lottery pick. 

And stick a size 17 shoe up Porzingas ass!! Dick!

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7 hours ago, 32EBoozer said:

Why? Whatever provides us with the best matchup to move into 2nd round

That would be the 5th seed unless you want the nets or bucks round 1

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10 hours ago, RutgersJetFan said:

Actually a pretty huge game tonight. Mavs are fighting for their playoff lives and the Knicks have their draft pick this year. Would be pretty dope to make that a lottery pick. 

KP sucks but don’t take my word for it

 

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7 hours ago, 32EBoozer said:

And stick a size 17 shoe up Porzingas ass!! Dick!

That face you make when you realize you lost the Porzingis trade

 

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A diehard NYK fan as head coach in Tom Thibs? Check

The NBA's #1 Defense? Check

An NBA All-Star in Julius Randle? Check

An up and coming NBA All-Star in R.J Barrett? Check

A rookie kid who reminds me of a Steph Curry type of talent in Immanuel Quickley? Check

A rookie PF in Obi Toppin who's getting to learn under and develop behind big men that's ready to go to war down low in Mitch Robinson (get back for the playoffs), Julius Randle, Nerlens Noel and veteran Taj Gibson? Check

Veteran Guard play in Derrick Rose, Alec Burks, Reggie Bullock and Elfrid Payton? Check

33-27 @ 6 games above .500? Check

Current Eastern Conference 4th seed and only 3.5 games back of Milwaukee for the #3 seed? Check

 

The NBA's longest winning streak @ 8 consecutive wins in a row? Check

A super fun and electric trio of Quickley, RJ and Randle? Check

Crazy amount of draft picks over the next two drafts? Check

An insane of amount of salary cap space galore? Check

Etc. Etc. 

Melo's years were pretty fun especially 2012-2013 season but this KNICKS team is 10x more fun to watch play ball and come playoff time; 2021's version under Tom would absolutely destroy 2012's team under Woodson. 

I knew we had a playoff team heading into 2021 but I couldn't have ever imagined we'd become this good, this fast. 

If we're 100% healthy for the playoffs? With this #1 Defende? We can make it out of the East and into the Finals and upset everyone. 

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14 hours ago, EM31 said:

Normally I think he is an insufferable ass but just for once Stephen A.  you da man!!!

http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=31310390

 

I don’t know if ESPN has gone completely into the toilet or what but it’s starting to feel strange that Stephen A Smith is sounding like one of the more level headed people on that network 

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9 game winning streak. 

Haven't been this excited for NY Basketball since the early 90s with Harper/Jackson, Ewing, Starks, Mason and Oakley and then late 90s with H2O, Spree, LJ, Camby an older #33 and Childs/Ward etc.

However the likes of rookie Quickley @ PG, RJ on the wing, Randle dominating like Ewing down low (2021's real MVP), Mitchell Robinson and Noel being our Oakley/Mason, Derrick Rose being our veteran Mark Jackson, Tom Thibs being our Riley/JVG #1 Defense etc those two Obi 3's made me run around my living room going nuts.

NYC basketball is back. And it's funner than ever guys I'm 35 and I feel like 13 watching these kids again.

 

 

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I too, remember the names of all the players. Does this qualify me for superfan yet? Or is there still a vetting process where I have to recall exactly where I was during specific games and / or moments?

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This is not a team built for a deep playoff run but it is a team that I expect is going to be deeply unpleasant for our opponents to play against.  As fans we get to enjoy that part of it as we are enjoying this spectacular/unexpected run that we have been on this year.

Speaking for myself I have only been a casual fan in recent years as the product being put onto the floor each night has been an embarrassment.  Props to fans like @Philc1 who have clearly remained fully invested throughout the lean years.  Again speaking for myself this upcoming offseason I will be paying closer attention than I have in years because the new table stakes for this game will be how to we transform the team into a legitimate contender and not just a solid playoff team?

The Nets better get their rings now because we will be running them off the floor in future years.

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