The Gospel of Smoov

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GO NY GO NY GO!

HOW ‘BOUT THOSE KNICKS!

After possibly the darkest decade in the history of the franchise, the New York Knicks have won back my heart. Not only are they headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2004, but they will do so with their first winning record since 2001. Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony have put this team on their respective backs and made me and other Knick fans proud to rock the REAL orange-and-blue. You have to love the fact that they are carrying out Donnie Walsh’s plan of retaining relevance this season in hopes of contending for a championship down the road.

The job that Walsh has done in his three seasons as President of Basketball Operations is nothing short of remarkable. How many men out there can successfully unload the contracts of Zach Randolph, Jamal Crawford and Jared Jeffries to put the team in position to acquire two A-list players in free agency? Even though the main prize got away, we are more than happy to have Amar’e on our side — a player with immense talent who, unlike LeQuit, actually wanted to be a Knick and resurrect the franchise. Then Donnie managed to unload the monstrosity that is Eddy Curry’s contract (thanks, Isiah) in order to bring in ‘Melo and Chauncey Billups, while still leaving room to add another quality starter in the coming seasons. I honestly believe it would be a crime if Donnie Walsh isn’t Executive of the Year.

I cannot wait for playoff basketball to return to Madison Square Garden. Even if we don’t have a realistic chance of beating the battle-tested Boston Celtics in a seven-game series, it will be great to see the sellout crowds make the Garden shake like the old Yankee Stadium used to. You remember that feeling, don’t you?

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