This is a topic that The Rooster and I discussed last night while reveling in the glory of Felton buzzer beater euphoria. Basically the idea is a comparison of this current Knicks team to the mid-90s rap group, The Firm, which consisted of Nas, AZ, Cormega, and Foxy Brown.
Like The Firm, these Knicks are a group of solid, yet still somewhat under the radar ballers revolving around one dominant, transcendent, central figure. Amare is to the Knicks what Nas was to The Firm, instantly giving them respect and elevating his teammates to a level they wouldn't have reached without him. Ray Felton is AZ, Wil Chandler is 'Mega, and at the risk of offending everyone's favorite cheerleader, Ronny Turiaf plays the role of Foxy Brown.
The hope is that this Knicks team can grow from a solid, if unspectacular Firm-type group, into a Bad Boy-like conglomerate with the addition of Carmelo. In this scenario, Amare would play the role of the Notorious BIG (hopefully with a happier ending), 'Melo would be Mase (before he was Pastor Mason, of course), Ray Felton would be Craig Mack, Shawne Williams would be Black Rob, and again with no disrespect, Ronny Turiaf would be Faith Evans.
Feel free to comment on this, and to add your own comparisons to this Knick team. I think its fair to say that I've thought way too much about this already, but such is my love for this team.