The Knickerbockers recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 1973 championship team, and New Yorkers can’t wait for another opportunity to end the title drought.
This is New York’s third straight postseason trip, but unlike the last two years the Knicks did not back into the playoffs by crawling just above .500. They are entering the playoffs as the No. 2 seed with an imposing 54-28 record, which adds up to a .659 winning percentage.
Carmelo Anthony is fresh off his first scoring title after surpassing Kevin Durant in the last few weeks of the season. He has finally emerged as the leader the Knicks always envisioned he would be, and he lives up to the memories of his childhood idol, Bernard King.
Knicks' fans have gotten their hearts broken so many times that some might be reluctant to put their faith in the blue and orange. Nevertheless, the Knicks have proved that when they are healthy, they can compete with the best in the league such as the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Whether the Knicks can sustain that kind of play for an entire playoff run remains to be seen.