Yo. The Knicks go across the tunnel this evening to take on the New Jersey Nets. Anyone who's read anything I've written knows that the Nets are hands down my least favorite team in the league. Their proximity to my home makes me despite them even more, as they are an ugly, uncharismatic team with a flimsy fanbase, and always have been. Here's what I said in at Your NYK in February:
People often ask me why I'm not a Nets fan. The tickets are cheaper, Continental is closer to my house, the team is better, etc. I always say that I can't just become a Nets fan. My love for the Knicks has been ingrained somewhere in my DNA, and I just can't shake it. This isn't the same for everbody, though. See, in the 90s, there were probably 6 Nets fans on earth (and 3 of them were on the roster). Abruptly, the Nets and Knicks switched places on the basketball food chain, with the Knicks putting in their first losing season in a while in 01/02, the same year the Nets went to their first NBA finals in a long time. The Knicks haven't had a winning season since, and the opposite for the Nets. Thus, in this new millenium, we've seen a crop of Nets fans arise like weeds. It's a strange breed. The Net fan probably used to be a Knick fan, but gave up on the team when they started losing. His favorite player is either Jason Kidd or Vince Carter (or even Kenyon Martin). He watches games only when they play the Knicks. He thinks Walt Frazier is annoying. He is every reason why I hate the New Jersey Nets. (For all the real Nets fans out there, with your Antoine Wright jerseys and your season tickets, bless your twisted little hearts. Keep truckin'.)So yeah. I have no problem with a diehard fan of any team. It's just these spotty, read-the-boxscore fans who can't even touch our passion for the Knicks, even as they struggle, that get to me.
On that note, I'd like to see the Knicks completely maim and torture the Nets this evening. Given our injury situation and their playoff position push, it's not likely, but it would be a magical win.
Anyway, this is a game thread, so post any comments about grapefruits, juicy fruit, Froot Loops, and Fruit of the Loom as the night goes on. I'm gonna try my best to be around for the thread and some game notes, but I can't guarantee it. I'll be back later to recap. Go Knicks. Peace. By the way, Rest in Peace, Yinka.