I just woke up from a long post-Thanksgiving nap, which means the time has come once again to take stock of what we have to be thankful for. And unlike most years, that list can—nay, should—include the New York Knicks basketball club. Our beloved ‘Bockers, who usually provide us with far more grief than glory. But these lads of the 2017-18 vintage are not half bad. Not only are they 14-11* and clearly in the race for the playoffs at the moment, they have some fun young players and have shown themselves to be the kind of club who will put up a hell of a fight, win or lose. Whether they stay in the playoff hunt or not, this is a day for celebrating that, and other things.
CORRECTION: The Knicks are 10-7. Don't blame me; I just woke up.
—I’m thankful for Kristaps Porzingis, who does stuff like this damn near every game.
Porzingis is so special, this is routine now pic.twitter.com/JdKp84DsIr— Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) November 23, 2017
—I’m thankful for the offense, which remains in the top 10 in the NBA despite a lack of an elite floor general in this, the Era of the Point Guard.
—I’m (somewhat) thankful for the defense, which has crept all the way up to the realm of decency (16th in the NBA in D-rating).
—I’m thankful for Tim Hardaway Jr., who came here under the cloud of a massive contract, but who is kicking ass at the moment. Let’s appreciate his 38-point performance against the Raptors.
—I’m thankful for Timmy’s wonderful troll job at the 4:00 mark. Kyle Lowry had been suckering Knicks defenders for two straight games, flopping when they pursued him too closely over screens. So Timmy put his hands behind his back and followed Lowry over, as if to say to the refs, “Go ahead and call a foul on me now!”
—I’m thankful to Timmy’s “safe” call.
—I’m thankful for the love between Enes Kanter and Tracy Morgan.
—And finally I’m thankful for the foreign Knicks, who are experiencing Thanksgiving in a new land.
Happy Thanksgiving!!— Frank Ntilikina (@FrankLikina) November 23, 2017
What are y’all thankful for?