“The Knicks are Back”
When Amare made that bold proclamation in June 2010, Knicks fans welcomed his optimism, but doubted the validity of his statement. “That’s cute,” some said, “and we hope it works out, we really do. Let’s not kid ourselves here – it probably wont. But hey, as long as you dont screw up our pitch for Lebron, welcome to the Garden!”
In an ironic twist of fate, a very similar statement, involving the very same New York Knickberbocker has garnered a very similar reaction: “Amare’s Back.”
“We hope it works out, we really do. Lets not kid ourselves here. It probably wont. But hey, as long as you dont screw up the team chemistry and the renewed commitment to defense, welcome back!”
We want to believe Amare can help. His unwavering desire to return again and again from devastating injuries warms the hearts of a generally heartless fan base. He’s But there is a pervasive feeling of doubt that eats away at those who have seen this team win many Amare-less games. Indeed, #1 is not even #4 on this team.
You don’t need me to delve into the basketball-related pro’s and cons of his return. Who will he take minutes from? He can’t play defense. He’s going to destroy team chemistry. He’s not 100%. He’s a dynamic inside scorer. They need another body… the list goes on.
I’m not here to take a side. I can be swayed either way. I have every reason to believe it will be a disaster. Every reason to believe it won’t. I just don’t know.
But I do know one thing.
This is Amare’s moment.
The Knicks are on their deepest playoff run since Sprewell and Jeff Van Gundy ruled the Garden. They have their star in Melo, they have their center, their wingmen, their enforcer, the necessary veterans and wryly point guards. On paper, the team is loaded. For all intents and purposes, Amare was right- the Knicks are back. Later today, Amare will finally have his chance to exist in his own prophecy. Here’s to hoping Amare is at long last vindicated. (Just dont screw it up!)