Thursday, November 01, 2007
What's it like to be a Knicks fan these days?
Here's a snippet as the new NBA season gets underway. Flip open the sports page of one of the Clarion's various and sundry hometown papers, and they have leading into the season articles about each of the local NBA franchises. These franchises were once looked at as one: glorious, stupendous, and famous, playing under the marquee of the "World's Most Famous Arena" and the other: the lost, little sisters of the poor, playing in a humongous parking lot on Route 3, in scenic Secaucus, New Jersey.
Yesterday's headlines in the local fish wrap reveal how much things have changed in the last twenty years. Those once obvious characterizations are dated, only the arenas remain the same. The Knicks, who open tonight against LeBron and his supporting cast, the hapless Cleveland Cavaliers, were previewed under the headline, "Unhappy Stern (NBA Commissioner) Chides Knicks as Season Starts." As for the formerly the little sisters of the poor, who haven't done squat in three years to change their now, rapidly aging, starting line up, they got the headline "A Closer Look Reveals a Stronger Nets Team."