Amid gloomy late-January weather, with Gotham facing multiple political problems and sports fans licking their wounds over disappointing Giants and Jets seasons, the Knicks are giving New Yorkers reason to cheer — and hope.
The team is on an absolute tear, adding to their recent five-game winning streak by demolishing the Denver Nuggets on Thursday in an explosive 122-84 win.
Once upon a time, the Knicks were a major symbol of pride for the Big Apple.
Alas, that was long ago: For years, long-suffering fans have witnessed one tragic season after another.
Indeed, they haven’t won a championship since 1973. They haven’t made the finals since 1999.
This year feels different.
Old-school Coach Tom Thibedeau, guard Jalen Brunson and forwards Julius Randle and OG Anunoby have combined to give the squad a new culture — and new life.
Thursday’s spectacular win was by no means a given: The Nuggets are the reigning champs and a formidable opponent for any team, boasting superstar center Nikola Jokic.
But New York loves an underdog story, and the Knicks handed the Nuggets the biggest point deficit they’ve had all season.
The team’s recent success is also breathing new energy into the Garden, where fans have been electrified witnessing the domination.
It’s a great comeback story and a good reminder: You can’t keep New York down.
The Big Apple is a better city when the Knicks matter.
This year, they can’t be ignored.
Stand up and cheer.