Knicks May Make This Long Winter Seem a Little Shorter…
by John Jastremski
Nov 15, 2017 | 684 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
First things first. For all intents and purposes, the football season in New York City is over if you root for one of the two local teams.

The Jets lost to Ryan Fitzpatrick and are 4-6. The Giants, well, enough said.

I have to be honest, my expectations of the Knicks at the start of the season were minimal.

I wasn’t in love with the roster, I wasn’t in love with the offseason with the exception of the Carmelo Anthony trade, and fully expected the 2017-18 season to be a work in progress.

Caution: my preseason thought may very well still be the case. But something seems different in the early going of this Knicks season.

The passion is back, the enthusiasm is off the charts, and for the first time in quite some time the Knicks have become a must-see event.

Why? It’s simple. The emergence and coming-of-age of Kristaps Porzingis has given Knicks fans something they have not had since Patrick Ewing.

A homegrown superstar who in the first ten plus games of this NBA season has been un-guardable.

In his third season in the league, without Carmelo Anthony, KP6 has become the face of the franchise.

He is the guy, and he has shown that he is more than ready for the challenge of being the leading man.

He’s averaging 30 points a game, he’s blocking shots, he’s defending and he’s leading a young Knick team by example.

Thirteen games into this Knick season, this team has rallied around the budding superstar.

The Knicks have put together comeback victories sparked by defense, hustle, intensity and big shot-making down the stretch.

The comebacks over the Indiana Pacers and the Charlotte Hornets are the sort of games the Knicks were not winning over the last few seasons.

So far, the team has been a joy to watch.

So far. Remember, there is an eternity left in this NBA season. The Knicks started 8-6 in the 2015-16 season, they also started 14-10 a year ago, and we all know what happened.

That is why I’m holding off on printing my playoff tickets. The Knicks need to show the fan base they are capable of playing this sort of basketball for more than a month.

That said, I am not going to curb your enthusiasm.

The Knicks played a game on Monday night that had all the makings of a heartbreaker.

They held a 23-point lead over the Cavaliers. Madison Square Garden was rocking and Enes Kanter and rookie Frank Ntilikina were mixing it up with the best player in the world.

It felt like old times. Until the best player in the world reminded us why he’s the best player in the world.

It’s the sort of loss that hurts, but doesn’t it feel good to have a Knicks game matter again?

Losses aside, let’s hope there are many more over the coming months.

After all baseball season doesn’t start until April.

You can listen to me on WFAN Sports Radio 660/1019 FM on Thursday from 1 to 3 a.m., Sunday from 2 to 6 a.m. & Tuesday from 10 to 2 a.m.

JJ’s Week 11 Unlocks

(Season Record: 20-29-1)

• Pittsburgh -7

• Baltimore -2

• LA Chargers -4

• Oakland +6.5

• Atlanta +3
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