My eyes adored you. Though I never laid a hand on you, my eyes adored you. Like a million miles away from me you couldn’t see how I adored you. So close. So close and yet so far. -Frankie Valli
Public Service Announcement: Ok, here we go! What a difference a day makes. No sports fans, the New York Knickerbockers did not win their basketball game last night. That priviledge went to Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. What the New York Knickerbockers did win last night was, the heart and minds of their fans. What the New York Knickerbockers did win last night was, hope. Like my main man Alexander Pope always says, “Hope springs eternal in the human breast.” Hee hee hee, breast.
In moves that brought Tracy McGrady and Eddie House to Madison Square Garden, the Knicks freed up some duckets. Lots of duckets. Buckets of duckets. Enough duckets to lure some of the top free agents next season and give this team some class. Turn them into a contender. A somebody, instead the bums, which is what they are were.
But a funny thing happened on the way to next season. This season happened. For the first time in I don’t know how long, life was breathed back into the world’s most famous arena. With 29 games remaining and four teams to pass in the standings, Tracy McGrady and Eddie House took Knicks fans by the hand and pulled them out of the gutter so they could see the stars.
T-Mac and House pulled Knicks fans out of the gutter and combined for 50 points in the overtime loss to Oklahoma City last night. Hooray T-Mac and House! The last time two teammates pulled their fans out of the gutter in their debuts and combined for 50 or more points was back in 1992. Back in 1992, Charles Barkley and Danny Ainge produced 57 points in the Suns’ Opening-Night win against the Clippers. You know what else Barkley and Ainge did back in 1992? Huh? Do ya? Barkley and Ainge led the Suns to a first place finish in the Pacific. Barkley and Ainge led the Suns all the way to the NBA finals. You know what happened there? Huh? Do ya? Michael Jordan happened there. But still.
But still, the the Garden came to their feet when McGrady was introduced. They rose again and again as he made plays. Big plays. Important plays. Plays not seen in these parts in quite some time. ”Chills down my spine,” McGrady said. “Chills down my spine.” For Eddie House, it was more of the same. But with Eddie, as it always is with Eddie, it was his long distance prowess that made the New York faithful take note. Getting giddy in the zone. Making fans dizzy in the zone. T-Mac and House just made waiting for next year a little easier.
Peace out homies. Six two and Even!