A Tale of Two Cities: Utah Jazz and New York Knicks Collide

January 11th, 2011 by Justin Key Leave a reply »
There may not be two more different teams in the entire NBA, both historically and currently, than the Utah Jazz and the New York Knicks. The relevance of the Jazz has remained prominent for the last 23 seasons, although always omitted from championship-like talk and, ultimately, splitting the fanbase into the faithful and the faithful naysayers.

All Knicks fans, on the other hand, are exhaling a sigh of relief as the toast of all towns has again become significant in the NBA, much thanks to MVP candidate Amar’e Stoudemire and, of course, James Dolan’s long term plan to tank multiple seasons.

The ideological differences between the two franchises, and the two cities, are also prominent. New York is one of the most recognizable cities in the entire world, while Salt Lake City’s most memorable contribution, on a global scale at least, was the 2002 Olympic Winter Games nearly a decade ago.

Then again, Utah’s basketball spectacle, the Jazz, has outshined the Mecca of basketball proudly for over a decade.

Late owner of the Jazz, Larry Miller, took pride in something that the Knicks organization never cared too much ...

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