Confession time: After living in New York for two weeks, I jumped on the Knicks bandwagon. It's disgusting how quickly it happened. I give you full permission to hate me. If I have a defense, it's that I was once a huge Charlotte Hornets fan—down to wearing that famously teal Starter jacket daily for a eight-month period in elementary school—and, you know, you don't just become a Bobcats fan after that. They're fucking terrible.
It's also really, really easy to like this Knicks team. You've got the constant comedy that happens when the oldest team in NBA history runs up and down the court. (Put it this way: Rasheed Wallace is the eighth-oldest active NBA player. He's the fourth-oldest ON THIS TEAM.) You've got a couple of likeable stars—Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler—who can score and rebound, respecively, better than nearly anyone else on their good nights. (Get well soon.) You've got another star, Amare Stoudemire, who, before his 7,385 career injury, quietly took a backseat in the spotlight for the good of the team.
You've got Steve Novak. Who's an inspiration to us all.
Then there's what's going on off the court. Anyone lucky enough to watch the Knicks on MSG gets to listen to the undisputed best announcer in the game, Clyde Frazier, spewing crazy on TV every night. I learn a new word every night I listen to him. He might be a genius.
J.R. Smith, though, has been a highlight of the season. An athlete just petty enough to interact hilariously with Twitter trolls, yet ballsy enough to hit huge game-winners, Smith is athletic, erratic, and arguably more entertaining to watch than anyone else in the Atlantic Division. You never really know what you're going to get with him. Every game is an adventure.
YouTuber Milford Jerome thought the same, and he took the extra step in creating an R&B slow jam to commemorate the greatness that is J.R. Enjoy.
[H/T: USA Today]