Don’t Fail Me Now
Yves Saint drops in to discuss the Knicks’ success and a potential shake-up.
by Yves Saint | @EasyYvesSaint
Not since ’94-’95 have the Knicks experienced a run of this magnitude. That is correct, not even Jeff Van Gundy has hit a streak like this. In the last 14 games the Knicks have gone 13-1. Obviously, this is due to the departure from my usual talk about their gameplay and what they need to do. Nobody is perfect, but they have obviously taken my advice. (I’m sure the higher-ups at SLAM have been forwarding my posts—which are filled with both agony and loyalty—to the guys.)
What I want to focus on now: Where do we go from here? A question that seems to be on a lot of people’s minds now that landing on the Knicks’ roster is a lot more attractive than it seemed to be in, say, October. For arguments sake, say Amar’e and Felton are undoubtedly the nucleus of the team and the reason the Knicks are experiencing success. Let us also recognize that Raymond Felton’s name has already come up in trade talks. WHAT THE F*#K?! Haven’t we, as a team, learned that succeeding in New York isn’t so much about your skill or your name, but about thick skin and a willingness to achieve? Raymond Felton has humbly stepped into a leadership role, and this lack of loyalty and trivialization of what he has done is offensive. The NYK organization hasn’t been this exciting in a long time. I know he has to feel the stinging burn of betrayal. But Raymond, the people are with you and we know your worth. Amar’e knows his worth.
Do we really want to upset this run, this fragile optimism that we mustered through will and not talent? Do we want to upset Amar’e, who I assume feels lucky to find himself in another Nash-like situation. We cannot afford to upset the equilibrium of this thing. Like I always say, Don’t ruin the mood. Carmelo is a great player, but there is no guarantee of what he will or won’t do. We have seen night in and night out what our guys now have and will continue to do. Add to the team, but for the last decade of mediocrity’s sake, do not detract from the spirit we are rebuilding.
I speak from a position of relative comfort so I know these decisions are tougher than I make them out to be. The front office just needs to start being more responsible and take care of the Knicks’ most precious and intangible asset: spirit. Right now it’s bubbling, and they need not focus so much on the media and trades, but rather what we have been doing. The season hasn’t matured enough for this type of talk. My solution: Go further into the season and keep a semi-deaf ear to the trade talks. Let the team congeal a bit more and see who and what really doesn’t fit, or at least fits the least, then you can go from there. Really, how do we even really know who to trade for?
All in all I am proud as hell of the home team and its growth. Amar’e has done wonderfully stepping into his role. The keyword here is “role.” The pride is back. Now we have to exercise that pride on and off the court and not let the vultures taint this beautiful thing we have.
“Huddle up Knicks. Look to your left. Look to your right. Not behind or in front of you. These are your brothers. No matter what the media or front office speculates about, these men are your brothers. New York loves you.”