So obviously if Lebron does in fact sign with us there will be a stampede of "new knicks fans," but that doesn't mean that the die-hards will disappear. I don't know if I would consider myself a diehard like many of you are, but I have been a knick fan all of my life (as well as a Jets and Mets fan. CAN I HAVE 1 FREAKING CHAMPIONSHIP IN MY LIFETIME!!!!) but have only in the last 2 years re-discovered my love of the Knicks.
It all started at age 4, when my parents bought me one of those hoops that you can roll away and lower and raise, it was at a garage sale down the street and I remember my dad carried me home on his shoulders while he rolled the thing home, I was so excited and kept putting my head through the hoop as I would pretend to dunk. As soon as I got it home my neighbor came over to play with it, he was two years older than me and at that age two years is like a lifetime, neadless to say he was my idol. When he came over he was wearing a John Starks jersey, I had no interest in the NBA before this, but hey, if he was a Knicks fan then I just had to be too. I bought a Ewing jersey and a Starks one, and so began my love of John Starks. Looking back I recognize now that he was never as good as I thought he was, but to me not even Jordan compared, and I even went to John Starks' basketball camp one year. And so it continued for a few years, my love for the Knicks grew, I collected cards, watched games on TV, and tried to perfect my game as I grew. But something happened, my neighbor moved away, and without him to lead me in my basketball passion I was alone. All of my other friends loved baseball and football, and I started to turn to these to feel included. By 15 I was fully invested as football player, I didn't have time for basketball. I only got reinvested in basketball when I came to college, I happened to see that a friend had NBA 2K8, and we started playing it religiously. And while my personal basketball renaissance happened, something was missing. My friend liked the game, but really had no interest in playing or watching real basketball, so I was stuck with just the videogame. The next year I moved in with a roommate that I didn't know all that well, but we both liked the Knicks. And that is how our friendship grew, as well as my love for the Knicks. I went from watching maybe 4 or 5 games total over 6 years to watching almost every single game. Many of my perceptions of players have risen out of this small sample size since my re-discovery of the Knicks, my assertion that Gallo will be a top 10 guy soon (He will, no doubt), my hatred for Nate (he was such a bitch this year!), and my recognition that David Lee is one of the most underrated players in the NBA. All of this products of this one year, and my second time around of being a Knicks fan. I have realized 2 things from this whole experience 1) Being a fan is made so much more enjoyable when you have someone to cheer with, and 2) I am a Knick fan, for better or worse, for the rest of my life. Lebron, no Lebron, Healthy Amare, hurt Amare, it doesnt matter what happens, this has become my team just as the Mets and Jets have. In my experience with true fans, you don't randomly choose what team you are a fan of, you're drawn to the team for reasons that you don't understand.
If you just read all of that I am quite impressed, and please, feel free to share your own experience of becoming a Knicks fan, we all need something to do to pass the time until 9 tomorrow.