One week is enough time to mourn the death of the Knicks’ 2012-2013 season, right? Yes folks, as of last Saturday, the Knicks lost Game 6 in Indiana versus the Pacers in the second round of the N.B.A. Playoffs, ending their season for good.
For the record that no one keeps track of or cares about, I didn’t spend the past week in mourning. I had a good time actually, with each day further deepening the realization that it is now not only the Knicks’ summer vacation, but mine too. Look for my post-junior year thoughts in a future entry.
So the Knicks. The Playoffs were a disappointment to say the least. J.R. Smith went cold to the point at which him draining a shot was miraculous. Jason Kidd disappeared, and Roy Hibbert dominated Tyson Chandler by the basket. We came up short, but hey–the regular season was the best I’ve ever experienced as a fan. Knicks fans don’t need to hang their heads after this season because for the first time in years, this team was actually FUN to watch night in and night out. Clear the schedule because there is a GAME on tonight, people! It didn’t matter who we were playing; the 48 minutes of clock promised quality entertainment.
I was fortunate enough to see two games in person, at Madison Square Garden. The first was one of the best games of the NBA season, with the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry and his career-high performance in a loss. The second was the first time in 19 years the Knicks clinched the Atlantic Division. They were historic nights, and my brother and I got to be in the Garden crowd. (Side note: SLAM wrote how winning the Atlantic was the Knicks’ first goal for this season in their feature on Carmelo Anthony. I wrote a letter to them in regards to the article, believing the Knicks actually had a shot, which they published. Pretty cool how things came full circle.)
Is there any aspect of N.B.A. basketball that’s more thrilling than a buzzer beater to win the game? I certainly can’t think of one. Check out these two amazing shots from J.R. Smith in December. The weather outside may have been cold then, but he definitely wasn’t:
Though this next one isn’t a game-winner (Knicks won the game anyway), I still went pretty crazy witnessing the 40-year-old Jason Kidd sinking a beyond-half-court shot at home:
Dynamic Duo: Scoring Champ & Sixth Man
With a regular season average of 28.7 points per game this year, Carmelo Anthony won the 2012-2013 N.B.A. scoring title. J.R. Smith won Sixth Man of the Year, an award that recognizes the best player in the N.B.A. to come off the bench. The team wasn’t aiming for or focused on individual feats and resume-builders, but the awards found themselves attracted to orange and blue regardless.
Until Next Season
As I finish off this overdue post, a smile a little bigger than Smith’s above appears on my face. The Knicks are in no way ideal–that’s why they’ve already gone fishin’–but they made applaudable headway on this journey so far. I can’t wait to see what’s next.