The Knicks, they may never reach the peak again. It’s a great problem to have, and one that has been going on for far too long. But there is nothing you can do about it, not even the best plan. A lot of people try to find a way into the front office, only to be told: “We’re not interested. We’re not interested.” Some people think you can get by in a one-and-done job in one city with one great star, in the same way that you can get by outside the front office in L.A. or New York. I don’t think so. I do. Here’s what I know: You get into this big city because you love it. Not once have I run into anyone whose heart bleeds for L.A. or New York, ever. I’ve seen people leave L.A. because the Lakers are not the same, a person could be born in this city who never saw the Knicks. It’s just that simple. Every game I ever saw at The Garden was a game I loved, a game I used to love, a game I still love, a game I’ll never forget. It’s something about this place that leaves so many great people leaving. It is just a shame as well for their families. I’ve never been away from home for much longer, but it really is about that time of year. I’ve no idea how L.A. can ever be rebuilt. To me, we’re just in here.
So I guess it’s a shame that the Knicks didn’t get back to the Finals. Maybe the Finals are over.
I don’t know what to believe, really. Maybe I’ll read the Kobe and Draymond stories this afternoon and come up with a more hopeful answer. What a great story. Why hasn’t the league found some way to move on? L.A. is a huge city, and a huge market, and I can’t see the NBA pulling up stakes and never coming back. If it wasn’t for their fans, the Lakers and Clippers would be the NBA’s two biggest markets, as well as a city in decline. So why not make the most out of it?
That’s only a small part of why I love this organization, and I hope that it will never die. These things are so important to so many people. L.A. is a city and its culture. As a city, we’re just so misunderstood. L.A. is so beautiful. It’s such a mixed bag. The Lakers are just trying to play a little bit for me.