They never make it easy do they? With an 8-14 record–2 and 10 in the last 12–New York needs a win in the worst way. So naturally, they have to go to Boston to play the hated Celtics the day after dropping a tough game against the conference leading Chicago Bulls. My esteemed colleague Jim Cavan might liken this to a Dickens novel. But the problem with that is that in a Dickens novel things do tend to get better.
No, things don’t seem to get better for we fans of the Knicks. We are trapped in a place that isn’t quite good enough. Always waiting for things to get better. Stuck in sad, chaotic world without meaning. Yep, being a fan of these Knicks is like a Peanuts strip without the final panel to make everything right.
I’d like to believe that our team will roll into Boston, play with exceptional competence and efficiency. I’d like to think Shumpert will keep Rajon Rondo out of the lane. I’d like to think Fields won’t lose Ray Allen allowing him to release the most effortlessly beautiful jump shot I’ve ever seen. I’d like to think Amare will beat Garnet to the critical 4th quarter rebound. I’d like to think Paul Pierce won’t wrench my heart out yet again with 3.1 seconds left to play. I’d like to think Charlie Brown will kick the football this time.
Every Knicks fan should read 3eanuts. We’d all immediately relate. And while many people think the missing 4th panel leaves the characters stuck without a happy ending, I like to think that the missing 4th panel can be a good thing. Think about it, with the 4th panel gone we don’t see Lucy pull that ball away from Charlie Brown. And when that ending isn’t written for us, we have the chance to dream of the ending that we have always craved. Maybe we aren’t trapped in a sad, chaotic world after all. Maybe that blank 4th panel frees us to create the ending we want.
So what’s my point? The point is that our team is free to create the ending it wants. The outcome is not set in stone. They can kick that football before Paul Pierce (dressed as Lucy) pulls it away. And tonight, I hope they will.
Go New York. Go New York Go.