I hope the title doesn't make you think this will be a doom and gloom post about how I hat the Knicks and they suck and I don't want to be a fan. This post is simply an attempt to examine the concept of a sports fan, and how we root for the teams that we do. Clearly the first determining factor is hometown. Not necessarily your own, because we often inherit the teams of our parents' hometowns, but there is some kind of location pride that impacts your favorite teams. Growing up in New York the Knicks were simply the logical choice to follow and as a young kid I really loved basketball so my love for the Knicks naturally grew. However, around middle school and even more so in high school I found that I was growing more as a football and baseball fan and my interest in the Knicks had waned. I watched basketball still but with no particular vested interest, that is until my sophomore year of college. That year I roomed with a guy that was a huge Knicks fan and I began to re-develop my love of the Knicks. Gone were the players of my childhood and here was this totally new group of guys, I didn't even know what a "Danilo" looked like, let alone what it could do on a basketball court, and despite a down year, I fell lin love (typo) with that team.
Last year (my Junior year) had some shakeups at the beginning and even more with the Melo trade. In one day we had gotten rid of 3 of my 4 favorite Knicks (still had Landry though!). At least we still had this Amare guy and even though I didn't love Melo, I recognized his offensive talents. I hoped I could grow to love him.
The beginning of this year rolled around, and I was excited to see what the pringles guy could do with all of this talent in front of him. The answer? Squadoosh. But I didn't blame him, I still really liked D'Antoni and figured it was just a problem of meshing. And then of course Linsanity hit. I found another player to love, a great underdog story who actually had some solid NBA skills. I felt like nothing could stop us. Of course something did, some people say it was Melo, some say it's D'Antoni, I don't think either is fully to blame, or entirely blameless. But here we are. D'Antoni is fired and we wait for an uncertain future with guys that haven't been here for very long, and some that will be gone in just a few months. All we can do is hope that they can pull something together
I guess the point I'm trying to make is that I have seen some of my favorite players thrown out in a moment. I saw Donnie Walsh all but run out of the city by Dolan. And now the coach that I feel like everyone but me hated has resigned. Sure I have players I love on this team, Lin, Landry, Shumpalump, Tyson, and who could hate Steve "three pointers are like layups for me" Novak? But the only thing tying me to any of these guys to begin with is the colors they all happen to wear on the basketball court. It's amazing how much my mood can be impacted by sports when I look at it that way. The Knicks have gone against what I wanted in almost every way possible, but still I love the team.
Anyway sorry for that rant. I feel like I've just been broken up with by D'Antoni. He said it was him, not me and that he wants to stay friends but I don't know if I can be at this point. Plus I think part of the reason it happened was my parents didn't like him and he felt like he had to break up with me.
So no more #FireD'antoni. Lets start a new one #HireD'Antoni
One last thing. I can't decide whether naming your son Dan D'Antoni is a great or terrible decision. Thoughts?