A historic NBA franchise in the middle of a prime American media market. A set of mismatched players thrown together with little regard for how well they may or may not play with one another. Yearly turnover of personnel becoming more and more turbulent. Overpriced veterans and supposed superstars who cannot become a greater sum than their individual parts. Management beleaguered by a wide, knowledgeable and perhaps sometimes overly passionate fan base. Those same fervent followers pressing the panic button at a moment's notice, whether it be warranted or not. A team consistently grounding to new lows and disappointing fans in new, creative and sadistic ways. Expectations failed, season settling into jeopardy, everyone worried.
A historic NBA franchise in the middle of a prime American media market.
A set of underrated players who were specifically put together to best
build on the strengths of their franchise player. A roster that has
built continuity after years of tumult. Cagey veterans help an emerging
superstar finally reach his potential, with a set of improperly valued
players becoming a greater sum than its individual parts. Management,
no matter how shrewd its trades and wily it's moves, will always be
beleaguered by a wide, knowledgeable and perhaps sometimes overly
passionate fan base. Those same fervent followers cautiously buying in
on an extraordinary start to the season. A team coming together,
morphing into the class of the league. Expectations already surpassed,
season becoming quickly extraordinary, everyone jubilant.
Of course, we're talking about the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers.
But how is it that two descriptions that would fit both teams like a
fine Pat Riley suit now has flipped the script? The usually melodramatic
Knickerbockers have become the respectable, heady team of veterans who
win with defense, passing and patience. The usually steady Lakers have
become a team in crisis, with it's highly paid imports failing to bring
W's to the game log. It seems that the two franchises have suddenly
switched places, and both fan bases don't really know how to handle the
rapid transformation. Knicks fans are looking at their 16-5 squad with
much trepidation. They are dubious to accept Carmelo as the MVP
candidate he looks to be and the squad's reliance on a group of
basketball geriatrics that are creating wins and melding an otherwise
unwieldy team of boneheads. Lakers fans are conversely confused at how
terrible a 9-13 team full of seeming superstars and solid contributors
could be so incredibly awful. Overall, there's a real lack of acceptance
that perhaps yes, the Lakers could be this terrible and yes, the Knicks
could be this good.
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