HELLO POSTING AND TOASTING! WE’RE BACK!
Oh yeah, they’re playing basketball.
Already this baby of a season has had highs and lows, comedy, tragedy and farce. Even in a world where a month is basically a decade (five weeks ago there was no Ukraine in our membranes!), this single week of basketball season somehow seemed like it was so much more. We’ve marathoned a gamut of emotions, on and off the court.
Basketball. Beginning-of-season hype. We start where we always do: Everyone is in the best shape of their lives! It’s go time! Let’s play!
Then reality sinks in. First few games are Ls. Gotta stay inspired. Keep the faith.
Promise keep grinding with us, we are IT!— Reggie Bullock (@ReggieBullock35) October 27, 2019
And then finally, Victory opens her wings to the Knicks and Joy flooded in:
GREAT 1st win tonight!!! There is no place like the Garden when the crowd is rocking like that!! #NewYorkForever— Frank Ntilikina (@FrankLikina) October 29, 2019
(Note: this tweet from Frank is important also because click through to the replies which are basically all variations on “omg i love you so much Frank” and it’s just lovely and fills me with hope that there is goodness in the world.)
(Extra note: do you suppose Frankie’s real name is François?)
Off the court, in real life, things were much less rosy.
There were some good times (even while losing):
And the quotidian indignities of life:
Yo I’m tired of those apple EarPods man. I can’t keep up with them. I’ve had about 20 pair of them for sure over the last two years ♂️ ♂️— Bobby BP Portis (@BPortistime) October 22, 2019
Cute Knicks kid pics!
Some tasty snack breaks:
And a few forays into sneaker collections (we will be keeping an eye on future kicks posts):
As well as #sponcon Maple Mamba fashion:
All in all a typical week one.
Unfortunately this was no typical week for the Knicks.
Earlier in the week we heard the news that Dennis Smith Jr.’s stepmother died, sending him on an indefinite leave of absence.
Then came the word that Reggie Bullock, who already lost a sister to violence...
NBA player @ReggieBullock35 lost his sister Mia, who was trans, when she was killed in 2014. Reggie fights for LGBTQ rights in her memory.— ACLU (@ACLU) October 25, 2019
When he saw Kai's story of growing up as a young trans girl in Texas, he reached out, and invited her family to a Knicks game in Texas. pic.twitter.com/7eQXq4hLYn
...was visited by tragedy again.
A woman killed in a Baltimore shooting last night is the sister of New York Knicks basketball player Reggie Bullock - and it's Bullock's second sister killed in Baltimore.— FOX Baltimore (@FOXBaltimore) October 30, 2019
In 2014, Bullock's sister, Mia Henderson, was stabbed to death in Baltimorehttps://t.co/sdktYyP3Tk
Bullock is remaining active on social media and vowing to fight gun violence as he has fought for LGBTQ rights
GUN VIOLENCE I WILL LEAD OMM— Reggie Bullock (@ReggieBullock35) October 30, 2019
And the team is adding him to their tribute:
But there’s really not much that can be said after you read this heartbreaking post.
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I never felt so BROKEN in my life! My 2 queens, my 2 that go super HARD FOR ME! Shit won’t ever be the same, I wish I could’ve talked once last time that day. I failed as a brother to protect you from the harm of these streets. I FAILED TWICE, to be the TRUE BROTHERS KEEPER! You was watching my team go out there and fight the same night shit happen! I can’t believe this happen...IM SO SORRRYYYY SISTERS. ILL DO MY BEST TO KEEP THIS FAMILY TOGETHER, and we will work VERY HARD TO SEE WHO TOOK MY SISTER LIFE! Just wanted to laugh one last time, so you can joke on my fashion, my hair wave, all the funny shit you use to say I MISS IT ALL! Wake me up from this dream !!! FOREVER MY 2 s
Strength and healing light to you and your family, Dennis. Peace be with you Reggie, and may both your sisters’ memories be a blessing.