If you are a New York Knicks fan right now, there is plenty to smile about.
The Knicks have started the season 9-4 and sit tied with the Brooklyn Nets atop the loaded Atlantic Division. It all started with an opening night massacre of the Miami Heat. Then, a gritty victory over the San Antonio Spurs. The best start in 19 seasons. Knicks fans are getting louder and there are plenty more emerging from the woodwork to hop on the bandwagon.
For those who bleed orange and blue, such a fast start to the season conjures big hopes. After two straight seasons of being bounced out of the first round, a deep playoff run would be satisfying enough. But with every win, it's looking as if the Knicks might have a legitimate chance to reach their first Finals since 1999.
At this point, your annoying friend who hates the Knicks will give you a rundown of reasons why they won't win a title in 2012. He'll say things like, "They can't beat the Heat in a seven game series." Or, "Amare is going to screw everything up."
"They can't beat the Nets," is one you might hear today. Let's be honest though, if Raymond Felton did not miss 16 of his 19 shots and Jason Kidd didn't have back spasms, the outcome would have been very different.
But I digress. Here are five reasons why the Knicks are for real this season.