Game Thread: Knicks at Nets
The Knicks head across the river today to take on Mile Ilic and the New Jersey Nets. David Lee is questionable for the game, while Jason Kidd is playing through a variety of injuries for NJ. (Insert joke here). Hopefully, there's some measure of revenge for the Knicks because, as you surely remember, the Nets sunk us in January on a Splifford Robinson tip-in. That hurt. I want payback. Anyway.
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 let's win this damn thing, New York. Win it because of those treacherous Net fans. Win it because Continental Airlines Arena doesn't have a decent restaurant anywhere near it and smells funny. Win it because Jason Collins is a fugazi. Win it because Uncle Spliffy shot down your dreams. Win it for AMERICA.
That's my pump-up speech for today. If you can't tell, I really need a win today. This is the first Knicks action I've seen in a week, and I'm excited. Let's hope the guys can buck the trend of following wins with blowout losses, and put away these inferior Nets. This is a game thread, so post any comments about the game, the Meadowlands, falafel, slippers, "The Boondocks", and cray-pas as the day goes on. The game's at 6 p.m, kids. Go Knicks. Peace.
EDIT: For, like, an actual preview, head to Father Knickerbocker.
Posted by Seth at 11:27 AM