After the New York Knicks won against the gritty Boston Celtics last night, it marked their first return to the NBA’s second round since Y2K. Which nearly didn’t happen thanks to a historic 20-0 run during the middle of the fourth quarter that saw the Knicks 26 point lead evaporate to four. But who cares right? Imagine being a Knicks fan and seeing the last 13 years unfold. It started with Jeff Van Gundy resigning after a 10-9 start and only got worse. The last 13 years saw a slew of head coaches, the Isiah Thomas catastrophe, Eddy Curry debacle, Stephon Marbury, Larry Brown, Linsanity, Mike D’Antoni, Jerome James, Steve Francis, Zach Randolph, Allan Houston’s contract, missing out on LeBron James, two first round playoff exits and nearly becoming the first team to blow a 3-0 playoff series lead. Did I miss anything?
It’s safe to say, it’s been a rough 21st century for the Knicks faithful. Failing to advance to the NBA’s second round for 13 years is mind-boggling for a city so rich and thirsty for hoops. Think back to the year 2000, kind of like those Blake Griffin commercials and what was taking place. Better yet I’ll make it easy for ya, just read below and see how much has changed since the last time the Knicks won a playoff series.
Y2k AKA Year 2000
Yeah, it’s been a long time!