I was born and raised in New York City.
I have been a Knicks fan my entire life.
I am disgusted by what the Knicks fan base has become.
I have sat through both the highs and lows that this team has had since I first started watching them in 1997. But never once have I seen as harsh, judgmental or critical treatment of the team as I have seen from fans this season.
It is simple psychology. You are what you believe you are. You become what those around you think of you. And the slumps of Amar'e and Carmelo are the fans fault.
At least once a week there is a trade rumor about Amar'e. Twice a day there are articles complaining about Melo's game. Bench Landry, bench Lin, start Jerome Jordan, fire D'Antoni, fire Woodson, promote Phil Weber, hire Phil Jackson. This is craziness.
What you see on the court right now is a result of NY ridicule, not a product of the system.
The Linsanity seen before the All-Star break happened because none of those players had any public perception, therefore had nothing to lose. No people to impress. Nobody heckling them from the stands of their own arena. They just played basketball and had fun with it.
What I see is a Carmelo Anthony that has no confidence in his jumper because nobody in NY has confidence in him or his game. I see a withdrawn Amar'e Stoudemire because everyone is constantly talking about trading him for Dwight Howard. I see a timid Landry Fields because nobody has wanted him to start for months.
When the starting five steps on the floor, they aren't thinking about basketball. This means more slow starts. This means more disappointment and more chastising from New York City.
Until we as a fan base step back and choose to hold our tongues and support this version of the Knicks for better or worse, we will experience nothing more than disappointment.
What are you thoughts?
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