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Knicks Sizzling Play Reach Legendary Status
Stars of Yester-year Celebrate with Fans
NEW YORK – History was unfolded in a few ways at the World’s Most Famous Arena aka Madison Square Garden. The 1973 NBA Championship (those that were alive) squad was on hand and was feted and celebrated. It’s amazing and almost mind-boggling that it has been 40 years since the New York Knicks have won an NBA Championship.
The team however has enjoyed success and great success at that. But, in and during the Patrick Ewing and Pat Riley (which was the team’s real last string of valiant Playoffs wars) they had Michael Jordan to deal with. Jordan indeed not only hurt Ewing’s chances of championships but also that of: Clyde Drexler, Karl Malone, John Stockton and Gary Payton. All of the aforementioned are and will be Hall-of-Famers.
Phil Jackson was on-hand (along with the lovely Jeannie Buss at his side); Clyde Frazier is a staple at the Garden as he’s also a renowned broadcaster. Earl “the Pearl” Monroe was there, Willis (Cap) Reed and Bill Bradley as well as Jerry Lucas. Henry Bibby left his duties as an assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies, who were playing in Los Angeles against the Lakers to be present.
It was a night to remember for the former greats and their fans. It was also a night to be inspired. And the inspiration should have come from this year’s team led by Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks and Melo are playing out of their minds. They are the hottest team in the League with a winning streak of 12 games.
Coach Mike Woodson who was actually drafted by the Knicks in the first round of the 1980 NBA Draft has been preaching all season long about winning the division, securing home-court and building his team to beat the Miami Heat. Should the Knicks be so fortunate and have to play the Heat in the Playoffs means a few things. The first is unlike last year, they wouldn’t be an 8th seed. Also, they would’ve have played and won deep into the Playoffs. Lastly, unlike a lot of teams, they show absolutely zero fear of the Heat or their players.
That last one is really the heart of the battle. When teams go into a series much less a single game and already have a loss in their heads, the game is over. The actual playing of it is just a formality.
Jerald L. Hoover