The Christmas Grinch arrived early this year in New York, where the city's beloved New York Knicks have had a dreadful start to the 2013-14 season. Yet, New Yorkers have plenty of reasons to embrace the Knicks with holiday cheer.
Despite the team's struggles, Knicks fans have a great deal to be thankful for: from veteran players who play the game the right way to the unexpected gift of a rookie who cracked the rotation. And New Yorkers should always be proud of the rich history of the franchise.
The holiday season also represents hope that a new year will lead to different results for Mike Woodson's squad. The return of Tyson Chandler and a weak Eastern Conference provide reasons to believe that the Knicks can climb the standings in the months to come.
Knicks fans will have long wish lists this holiday season. In the spirit of giving, they may want to extend their best wishes to those in the Knicks family who have had a difficult year.
*All statistics are as of Dec. 18, 2013.