The Good, the Bad, and the Knicks

November 8th, 2009 by Jared Zeidman Leave a reply »

I don’t think a lot of people will admit this, but I’d guess that everyone who has ever played a game of pickup basketball has been picked last at least once in their life. Maybe it’s because no one has ever seen you play before. Maybe it’s because basketball isn’t your thing. Maybe it was just some friendly ribbing. But that doesn’t change the fact that you are picked after the little kid, after the guy whom you are certain has never played the game before, and after Lenny, the guy with terrible asthma, wearing his inhaler as a necklace.

Initially, you have something to prove. Even if you know you aren’t anything special, the chip on your shoulder may be enough to give you a little extra spring in your step. But everyone, at some point in their life, gets tired of being picked last; it certainly isn’t exclusive to sports. Everyone has their breaking point.

After getting picked last so many times, any human will just throw their hands up and say “this sucks.” It’s simple psychology, and it explains the most glaring issue with the New York Knicks.

On paper alone, the Knicks have given fans plenty of reasons t ...

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