If you have to solve something in 2023, decide to take advantage of these Knicks

If you have to solve something in 2023, decide to take advantage of these Knicks
If you have to solve something in 2023, decide to take advantage of these Knicks

I write this while dealing with Covid. It hit me on Wednesday, coincidentally the day between the Knicks’ heartbreaking loss in Dallas and what happened in San Antonio. More than any illness I’ve ever had, Covid is like a Mad Libs virus: every day my symptoms are new and seemingly random. One day my head was hot – I was sweating like Patrick Ewing – but the rest of my body was freezing. Another day, my left foot felt like it had swelled to three times its normal size, even though it looked normal. All the food tastes weird, like it’s translated into a language that can’t pick up its magic.

Covid fog is also a thing. I feel slower, cognitively, mos def. But that doesn’t necessarily mean dumber. Sometimes slowing down or stopping an activity can clarify truths that you would never normally notice. For the past few days I have been quarantined and alone in a room. I can’t talk to anyone much without coughing. So I mostly sat around existing, without the usual external stimuli. I find silence surprisingly new. I like to have less noise and more silence.

Not having the energy for Knicks Twitter recaps or debates helped me find a simpler, bigger appreciation for these Knicks. Not everything should be a referendum on their past actions or future ambitions. They’re just a team at a time when I’m generally happy to be stuck with them. Imagine someone telling you before the start of this season that:

  • Julius Randle, who was less popular last year than your average New York mayor, shoots a career-high Knick from the field while setting career-highs in 3s and free throws per game; there’s a better shot he could make his second all-star game as a Knick. I’m too sick to watch this, but other than Allan Houston, I don’t think any free agent signing from Knick has done this.
  • This past offseason’s free agent award, Jalen Brunson, also deserves All-Star consideration. He’s taken on a bigger role than he’s ever had in the pros and has been more than capable of the responsibility, while making it easier for his teammates thanks to the Knicks finally having a two-time better point guard. game for the first time in nearly 20 years. year.
  • RJ Barrett shoots career bests on 2s and free throws.
  • Mitchell Robinson is a consistent and significant presence at both ends of the court, arguably the league’s best offensive rebounder while also setting career highs on the offensive and defensive glass. National broadcasters need to work on their memories of three years ago because they’re still bringing up Mitch and bad luck, which hasn’t been the case for a long time.
  • Five Knicks are averaging double digits. All are under 30 years old. Three of them are between 22 and 23 years old. Two of those early neophytes emerged as exceptional two-way threats with surprising wrinkles in their skills: Quentin Grimes displayed more out-of-this-world creativity than we’ve seen all of last year, while Immanuel Quickley , whose early years were jam-packed with Lou Williams comparisons, has been one of the NBA’s leading defensemen this season.

There’s more I could share, but I’m starting to spit up a storm and get a headache, so I’m ending here. Remember, it’s not only fair to enjoy this developmental period in Knick’s history, it’s probably wise. Five years ago, the Knicks’ Big Three players were Courtney Lee, Frank Ntilikina and Kyle O’Quinn. Three years prior, their two main minutemen were Shane Larkin and Jason Smith. Five years earlier, there’s an interesting contrast: New York had a poor score of 29-53, but their three main point guards were David Lee, Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler. There was a framework in place for the future, and the next three years were the Knicks’ best in over a decade.

There will likely be more lows, like the losses to Dallas and San Antonio. But there is so much going on that is good and fun, if you slow down, silence the noise and enjoy. Hope you don’t need to get Covid to find it on your own. Thank you for continuing to allow us here at P&T to be a part of your life. Love and light to you all, friends.

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