It took me a while to put fingers to the keyboard for these thoughts because quite frankly, this hurt. Yes! Despite the obvious clarity of the inevitable result, the elimination of my New York Knicks really gutted me for a few days. I found myself ignoring columns, podcasts, and of course, sports radio because I just knew whatever rhetoric or narratives being pushed through those mediums (most of them) were going to be filled with gotcha-hot-takes, absurd responses, and over-the-top analysis that have little to do with true basketball dissection and more about producing engaging content (nonsense).
Julius Randle is NOT a number 1 option - he proved that this series!!!!
The season ended as a failure - a bad taste after what was built up all year!
It might be time to move Randle and Barrett for a legit star!!!
Ahhhh yes, you just gotta love the reaction of some...
Here's the truth - the Atlanta Hawks just had more talent than us. Actually, they are damn good, tremendously deep, and well-coached. In fact, Nate McMillan deserves tons of credit for turning that ship around and for all of the schemes he installed in this series against the Knicks.
The Hawks in almost all of their rotations had legit scorers at all five positions on the floor. The Knicks were unable to do that, or defend that.
That's it -The Hawks were just better.
Here are some really quick thoughts on this amazing Knicks 20-21 season:
NEW YORK DISTRACTION
It was easy to fall in love with this team this year. Coming off of an emotional time for this area and this city marred with death, economic loss, uncertainty, migration away from it (like yours truly), and a blow to the ever glowing buzz that is New York City, these Knicks and their season ran parallel with New York as it rebounded out of this pandemic.
So many of us New Yorkers dealt with everything the pandemic delivered, including the death, mental health hits, and various other effects it has had on our lives, and the lives of our loved ones.
In the midst of politics, nationalism identities, and yes, the ongoing mask debate, so many forget, aren't aware, or are just flat out oblivious to the trauma and experience that was COVID-19 and this area.
The Knicks weren't expected to do anything - ANYTHING! - this season. It was supposed to be a hopeless cause set for another year of hoping for a top draft pick and haplessly watching the Nets be everything we've wanted to be for the past twenty years.
However, every night we saw progression, fight, development, and hope - damn it, HOPE! The New York Knicks played out like the best drama series that paralleled real life in so many ways. A true organic and relatable team that was easy to root for with its misfit collection of write-offs.
No one will admit it, but the Knicks did EVERYTHING a team in its position at the beginning of the year should - and could - do in order to set itself up for success:
- Develop young talent
- Integrate the correct veterans
- Produce an All-Star
- Create a culture
KNICKS FOR CLICKS
RJ Barrett on how the Knicks will view their season if the series ends tonight:— Knicks Videos (@sny_knicks) June 2, 2021
"We're winning tonight, I'm not thinking about that" pic.twitter.com/vJ8BwFMI0Q
JU - THE MAN!
NOTHING BEATS EXPERIENCE
Shoot, I’m 20. I’m hoping to be here a very long time and winning many more games, making more playoffs get championships. I think this is a really good experience for us. It was a lot of our first times in the playoffs and now what we know what to expect in it, we can come back hungry for more after the summer.