The New York Knicks have advanced to the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals for the first time since 1999-2000 with their 4-2 series win over the Boston Celtics.
To fully grasp what life has been like as Knicks fan during the dreadful 12 years between Eastern Conference semifinals appearances, here are the team’s “best” moments over that time span in video form.
Let’s jump to 2003 when Latrell Sprewell did this thing when he made all of the three point shots against the Clippers.
The same season Allan Houston dropped 53 points in LA against the Lakers outdueling Kobe Bryant
New York traded for Stephon Marbury. I was in my teens at the time and didn’t fully grasp stuff like the salary cap. I thought it was a good day. Listening to this fifty-second clip of Isiah Thomas speaking now makes me want to punch my computer screen.
No video for this one, but the Knicks did make the playoffs in the 2003-2004 season. They were swept by a Nets team that was actually good – we’re going to gloss over that fact and all that matters is this Tim Thomas quote on Kenyon Martin:
“He’s a fugazy as far as the whole tough guy role. You get techs and you get fines and that makes you tough? Because your game is wild and crazy, that makes you tough? When a scuffle breaks out, you have 13 guys that can protect you. When it’s you and someone else, what happens then? Somebody call Don King and hook it up for us.”
Credit to ESPN.com for the quote and K-Mart love you now, at the time this was the one part of that series I got to enjoy.
In 2004-2005 Knicks fan got excited about Jackie Butler!!!! This really happened. This is the only video evidence that exists.
The New York Knicks 2005-2006 Summer League team was probably the best Knicks team during this era – Channing Frye, David Lee, Nate Robinson, Trevor Ariza, Jackie Butler and Bruno Sundov. The Knicks were finally going places. This video is from a year late, can’t be picky.
The Larry Brown year, nothing good happened right? WRONG. A fantastic six game winning streak including wins over the Suns triple overtime and Mavericks in OT highlighted an otherwise dismal season. Remember the good times people.
The Eddy Curry season. In 2006-07 Eddy Curry scored between 20 and 49 points in over half of the 81 games he played. This is not a joke or a lie. There was actually a debate on whether he should make the All Star team over Dwight Howard. The Curry era was highlighted by this:
Jamal Crawford scores 52 points and makes 16 straight shots against the Miami Heat.
Eight seed bitch!!!!!
The highlight of the Mike D’Antoni era, if you stuck with the Knicks through the bad times you will know exactly what game this is from. I’m just going to leave the box score right here.
After being bench for the previous 14 games Nate Robinson was put back in the rotation and dropped 41 points on the Hawks in an overtime win.
Going to finish it off with one the sneaky fun games from this era. I always loved watching Tracy McGrady. When the Knicks traded for him I knew it was more about the salary cap then the player, but he gave us a really fun flashback in his first game at MSG.
This brings us to the Amar’e Stoudemire signing and when things legitimately started to turn around. These moments are close enough in the memory bank that I won’t waste time going through them here.
Would love feedback on your favorite moments during this stretch and anything you think I missed.