Part two of a three-part series, in which we explore the Knicks/Bulls rivalry (1989-1996), two teams who couldn’t have been more different, and the Knicks/Pacers rivalry (1993-2000; 2013), two teams driven to delirious disgust by their similarities.
Phil Jackson was full of surprises at last night’s draft and the surprises just keep on keeping on – rumor has it David West is “very likely” to sign with the Knicks. I wrote about the questions and possibilities such a signing would raise at P&T. There are risks – West’s 35 and plays the one position the Knicks aren’t totally depleted at. But West has more basketball IQ in one of his brutal elbows than a lot of players have in their gray matter. There are risks, but a lot of fits here, too.
I recapped the Knicks’ latest loss, a blowout defeat in Indiana. Only 110 days till the draft lottery! Hope, thy name is May 19th!
Some year’s, the summer NBA offseason’s looked forward to even more than the onseason.
1996 was one of those years. Not only ‘cuz I’d just graduated from high school and my girlfriend’s parents worked late every night, leaving us free run of the house (and each other) the whole time. No, the ’96 offseason had been anticipated by Knick fans for a long time, after a disappointing season.
Bear in mind, back in the magical, Dolan-free years of the 90s, the Knicks could have a season where they advanced to the 2nd round, took a game from the 72-win Bulls and almost a second (stupid Rodman and his stupid assists to stupid Bill Wennington) and have it all considered a massive failure. These days, MSG throws a confetti party for less than that.