The house’s patience was running out, even if the outcome was not in doubt after the second quarter. There was some turbulent noise, some grumbling, and a strange sound rolling from the upper reaches of Madison Square Garden, directed at whoever Nick had just turned the ball over.
The Knicks won the game, of course, 116-96, because the Kings are that bad and they’re exhausted, losing De’Aaron Fox, and depriving the park of the opportunity to chase Fox out completely in 48 minutes while he hoped to see the Knicks win. , very. But this did not really satisfy the customers.
One minute left in the third quarter, the Knicks extended their lead to 21, and the fans weren’t cheering the starters on the field. Their attention – and affection – was elsewhere.
“We want red!
We want redish!
We want redish! “
It felt like a message from fans that extended beyond Tom Thibodeau, who said Friday in Milwaukee about Cam Reddish: “We love who he is. We love talent. And now — it’s a long season. We’ve traded someone who wasn’t in the rotation, so You can’t keep adding to it without taking someone out.”
The message, which was probably directed more to Leon Rose than Tibodo, was: Don’t hesitate to get someone out. Temporarily. or permanently. your choice.
and declare yourself officially open for business. immediately.
The Knicks are still close to post-season at the moment, but Knicks fans are savvy enough to know what lies ahead. The Kings were one of the last teams to be favored against for weeks. Ja Morant and the Grizzlies come to town on Wednesday, then the western swing comes through Los Angeles (for the Lakers), Utah, Denver, San Francisco and Portland.
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Then comes a short house with three of the four teams being the Nets, The Heat and the 76ers. Then another seven-game road swing, all matches against teams currently in postseason. Ask yourself this: What is the best case scenario for you for these 17 games?
So yeah: You can understand what fans were doing on Monday night, and they raised their voices for Reddish again in the fourth quarter as the Kings tried to sneak back into the game. You can sense that they understand that the Knicks, as they currently are, cannot continue as they are, even with Derek Rose expected to return by the end of the month.
They know the trade deadline is looming next week. They know that most of the list should be available. Want untouchables? RJ Barrett Single. Derek Rose is single. Quentin Grimes one. And the park’s new favorite, Reddish, is one. It cost a first-round pick, after all. It’s not meant to be a menu filler.
any other person? Anyone else?
We’ve seen the ceiling of this group, and they’ve really hit it, and Knicks fans, always patient and loyal, seem to be at peace with that. Nobody cheers louder than Barrett, Grimes, and Obi Tobin, all of whom are local kids. There can be no deal that Leon Rose offers next week that he won’t enjoy in the least. The reset should start now.
New York might be a winning city now, but the Knicks aren’t a winning team now, not anymore. They may have done Rose a favor by clashing in their first 51 matches. There is no mirage here. There is no talk of believing that things will get better. The record is there now – 24-27 – and the record will look like 17 games from now on.
There is nothing wrong with re-calibration. Nicks reminded everyone how important a part of the fabric of the city they were last year. Rose knew East was going to be more difficult this year, and she tried to promote, and she tried to keep up. did not work. Fans know what copper has to do: It’s time to cut their losses. It’s time to open the shop.
The fans finally got what they wanted with 5:07 left in the game, and the Knicks led 105-83. Red jumps to his feet, takes off his uniform, and walks to the recorder’s table to loud applause at night. He made four free throws. The crowd responded as if Clyde had stolen another one from Jerry West in Game 7.
“We love our fans,” Tibodo said. “Our fans are the best.”
Those fans, are ready to peek into the future. They are ready to see what they have with the kids, and ready to start over this summer. And next week. Hang a shingle, Lyon. The store is still open.