I’ve tried to figure out an answer to the question of this post for some time. Why are the New York Knicks significant to the NBA? I’ve tried to Google it to find some answers. Couldn’t. So I’ve come up with some reasons of my own.
New York City is the epitome of every thing that happens across America during the course of a day. It’s our biggest American city, and one of the biggest in the world. It’s iconic, not because it has many iconic features (Central Park, Broadway, Times Square, and Wall Street), but because it represents us. It’s the birthplace of my favorite fictional character, Batman, and has been featured in many movies (all the Batman movies, Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, The Godfather, and American Gangster; just to name a few).
But how does any of this relate to the New York Knicks and their significance?
The New York Knickerbockers played the Toronto Huskies in the first official Basketball Association of America game.
Basketball is the “city” game. All a kid need is a ball, a hoop, and a flat surface. The playgrounds of the inner city provided just that for young kids to play the game. On the playgrounds of New York City, basketball is played differently. It’s rough. It’s rugged. It’s cutthroat. It’s the best competition. Basketball has been a hotbed in New York City for as long as the game has been around. The playgrounds represent a stepping-stone for players who are aspiring to play college ball or, even in the NBA. It was the number one spot for college scouts and coaches to find potential players in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. From the playground to high school to colleges like St. John’s University, New York City has produced talents like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tiny Archibald, Walter Berry, Bob Cousy, and Mark Jackson among others.
So, again, where do the New York Knicks come in to play? Why would a franchise with a career all-time win-loss record of 2,561-2,586 best represent the NBA?
It represents what makes America. It shows that even the greatest can fall, but can rise up again. It’s like a steadily climbing stock market or a strong economy. Everyone is happy when their money is worth more., just like a lot more people are happier when the Knicks are competitive and winning. Back in the day, everyone wanted to go to the Knicks games. From little kids to adults to celebrities. Knicks games were more popular than Broadway shows. Tickets were extremely hard to come by. Over time, the Knicks brand has fallen on hard times, and in return, a lot of NBA fans lost interest.
But the Knicks have made a comeback the past few seasons by making the playoffs and acquiring superstar Carmelo Anthony.
The NBA is just better when the Knicks are doing well. Like last year, when the Knicks won 54 games. There was much more excitement throughout the NBA. There is nothing better than when there is a positive feeling of electricity surrounding the famous Madison Square Garden. Even I feel a bit of excitement when I see the Knicks battling in the playoffs.
Even though basketball was born in Massachusetts, it was raised in New York City.