The New York Knicks did the impossible last season by reaching the NBA postseason.
After years of heartache, the franchise seems to be heading in the right direction.
That means the ESPN crew is in New York City for the season opener as the Knicks battle the Boston Celtics.
Stephen A. Smith is part of that crew and expressed his excitement to head to Madison Square Garden.
— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) October 20, 2021
This was a vintage Smith response.
He starts off quietly listening, only to launch into a passionate speech as soon as he is given the opportunity.
“The New York Knicks will rise again” is quite the strong claim as the season is just about to get underway.
Building Upon Last Season
Smith makes the good point that the initial goal for the franchise was just making the playoffs.
That was accomplished last year after a drought that began following the 2012-13 season.
Next up is actually advancing past the first round, which the Knicks were unable to do against the Atlanta Hawks even though they had the home-court advantage.
Smith is likely not the only Knicks fan this fired up after being teased last year with a return to the postseason.
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) October 20, 2021
He is just the most vocal and is given a platform to yell and scream to the heavens about his passion for the Knicks.
Tom Thibodeau leading from the bench is perhaps the biggest key as he continues to turn teams around wherever he goes.
The Knicks do have a tough opening night opponent in the Celtics.
But if this is indeed the year, a win should come easy Wednesday night.