My freshman year in high school I was sitting in the library after school, wasting time until basketball practice started. This moment was the first time I listened to Big L after hearing about him from a friend. YouTube video after YouTube video I finally stumble upon the famous ’98 Freestyle, where the first lines of the song go, “Fuck all the glamours and glitz, I plan to get rich, I’m from New York and never was a fan of the Knicks.” I should of taken Big L’s advice right then and there, but instead I decided to go through nearly ten years of the roller coaster soap opera that is the New York Knicks.
Even with all their bullshit and the numerous topics I can bitch all day about I still find myself watching every single game and loving their success (when it actually comes around). I remember playing an AAU tournament in the Bronx and playing on the old garden floor, and I remember how humbled I was by just playing on the same floor as some of the greatest players to ever wear the white and orange jerseys.
No matter how much I hate this team sometimes I can’t help but to love them, especially love what they should be. The bright lights of Manhattan, Madison Square Garden, the Mecca of basketball, the celebrities sitting court side, the history, the magic. This is the New York Knicks I can’t help but be a fan of, and I can’t wait to complain about them with you.