Today is an anniversary for all New York Knicks fans. On May 10, 1973 the Knicks won the last of their two NBA titles, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers four games to one. It’s been 36 years since we won it all, well before I was even born. That winning team featured Earl â€œThe Pearlâ€ Monroe and Walt â€œClydeâ€ Frazier in the backcourt as they battled the legendary Wilt Chamberlain in his final NBA game. It was the third time in four years these two teams played for the title.
The day is an unfortunate reminder of just how bad things have gotten at The Garden.
The 21st century has not been kind to the Post- Patrick Ewing Knicks, with the Knicks unable to compete for a playoff spot in a lackluster Eastern Conference. We have not had a winning season since 2000-2001. This is hard to take for the Knicks fan who grew up watching Charles Oakley and John Starks play their hearts out in playoff games. The NBA playoffs used to be about Jordan’s Bulls vs. Ewing’s Knicks, now they are about Lebron’s Cavs vs. Kobe’s Lakers. This rivalry will be great for the NBA as they need a rivalry to spotlight and bring back the ratings they had when Jordan was their marquee superstar.
Unfortunately, the Knicks could be reduced to an afterthought and that’s why the draft this year is crucial. Maybe all the years of losing will deliver us the goods, although this draft seems scarce on talent, with very few players that will impact the league. The Knicks need to draft a franchise player like Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin and bring some noise back to the Garden. Also, Forget about Lebron coming to New York. The Cavaliers are playing so well right now its hard to imagine him leaving to come play for us. There is no easy solution and I am glad that Donnie Walsh is in charge and that he’s trying to think long term. Getting rid of the absurd contracts that were on the books helped us to potentially land some free agents in the future. Though lets face it, the Knicks seem light years away from making the finals.