The Knicks weren’t my first love. Like most 80’s babies, I loved the 90’s Bulls. I had a fling with the Indiana Pacers in the mid to late 90’s while Reggie Miller was raining 3’s like no one else in the league could, but I broke up with them in ’99 when I attended the 1999 Eastern Conference Finals Game 3 where Larry Johnson hit what was probably the last meaningful shot for the New York Knicks with his 4-point-play. After that, I married the Knicks overnight. I was swept off my feet when Madison Square Garden erupted as LJ’s 3 hit the bottom of the net, and went on my honeymoon as the fans poured into the streets chanting “Larry! Larry!”. It was amazing.
It’s been 16 years since I’ve been married to the Knicks, and it’s time I speak out about the abuse and file for divorce. I’ve received so many black eyes as a Knicks fan over the past decade and a half, but I thought I could be tough and take the beatings. “Things will get better” I told myself time after time. But things never did get better. Sure, the Knicks made a move here and there to keep me around, but overall this marriage has been a huge disappointment. I’ve never gotten that feeling back that I had in 1999, and tonight was the last straw. Drafting Kristaps Porzingis is the equivalent of the Knicks kicking me in the face and knocking out any fanhood I have left. It’s time to take a stand and leave them.
Fans go through difficult times with their teams, but no team has broken the hearts of their fans more than the Knicks since the 1999 playoffs. I made it through the Isaiah Thomas years littered with terrible contracts and moronic trades. New York basketball went through the darkest of times during the first decade of this millennium, adding former stars well past their prime in order to sell tickets to fans who didn’t know any better. Antonio McDyess, Stephon Marbury, Penny Hardaway and Tracy McGrady were all stars in the league at one point, but their careers with the Knicks were less than memorable (yes Starbury put up solid stats for a couple of years but his contract ultimately crippled the mid 2000’s Knicks). In 2011, the Knicks acquired a viable star in his prime in Carmelo Anthony, but they gave away the future of the franchise in order to get him. Granted the Nuggets haven’t done much with the pieces they got from New York, but the Knicks haven’t had any success, either. It was cool to have Jason Kidd’s corpse in blue and orange for the last year of his career, but the 2012-2013 Knicks looked more like a slow-break team than an NBA contender.
In all my years as a Knicks fan, they’ve done nothing to build a team. They’ve traded away more draft picks than any other franchise. They’ve traded away any decent player they’ve actually drafted since 2005 (they literally just traded Tim Hardaway JR for Jerian Grant). The Knicks are not only abusive to their fans, they’re abusive to themselves. I said if the Knicks drafted Kristaps Porzingis that I’d be done watching them, and I’m not going back on my word. I’m out. This marriage is over.