A Blue (And Orange) Outlook
The Niceguys’ rapper reps his NY roots from Texas.
As a member of the Houston-based hip hop group The Niceguys, rapper Yves Saint—who was born and raised in Queens, NY—is forced to watch his hometown New York Knicks make their return to relevance from afar. After leaving the Big Apple to attend the University of Houston, Yves has since stayed in Texas, but his undying love for NY’s pro hoops team hasn’t melted a bit. Throughout the coming season he’ll be chronicling his thoughts on the Knicks’ comeback right here on his new SLAM blog, “Feeling Blue (And Orange) In The Lone Star State,” and you can also check the video for The Niceguys’ single, “Mr. Perfect,” here.—Adam Figman
by Yves Saint
Enough for introduction. The season has officially started. Time for business.
The New York Knicks are a struggling team in a great city with a storied home and arena.And really, our mediocrity wouldn’t matter if we weren’t New Yorkers. That’s the first problem. The second problem is that as time passes it’s easier to forget why and that we were a force at one time, and, sadly, we need to re-encourage our players. Amar’e Stoudemire tweeting a new jersey is cool, but does losing in a new outfit feel better for the Knicks, for Knicks upper management?
There have been and still are plenty of rumors circulating about Melo and Paul joining Amar’e, but that will require upper management to finally deliver for once, and there are still plenty of questions about whether the Knicks have enough pieces to even make the moves happen. Will Amar’e be a franchise player? Will any of these “new” Knicks live up to the Knicks of the ’90s? Those questions all represent part of the mindset of a frustrated city, dedicated to greatness, and unwilling to accept anything less from its sports franchises.
I, myself, am guilty of the harsh and unforgiving attitude toward New York sports, but I now realize that we have to stop waiting for the second coming and focus on the pieces we have now—and we do have a few good pieces—and how we can make those pieces work. Between Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Anthony Randolph, Stoudemire and Ronny Turiaf there needs to be some soul-searching.
As for the fans, we need to nurture these guys’ development and confidence without coddling. Let them know we are behind them. It’s not just rebuilding the team; we need to be rebuilding the spirit. People used to be afraid of The Garden. People used to be and heckled intimidated by Spike Lee. Some players thrived on that fear, some crumbled. But the fear, the excitement—it was palpable. Now players can’t wait to play in The Garden (see: Kobe Bryant, LeBron James) and Spike can’t do anything but exchange pleasantries and light jabs with opposing stars.
Be back soon,