Saturday, January 21, 2012
Knicks vs. Nuggets Preview
The emotional significance of this game has been dulled for me, slightly, with Raymond Felton now playing in Portland and Wilson Chandler currently playing in China. Timofey Mozgov was a nice player and I've wished him the best, but what will really sting for me is seeing Danilo Gallinari return to the Garden floor.
Last year's pre-Melo team was shaping up to be my favorite squad since the '98-99 Knicks that went to the Finals during a lockout-shortened season. That was the team that made me a fan of the Knicks and basketball in general. So, when the trade went down, it was pretty upsetting for me as far as meaningless transactions can be. I had envisioned Gallo becoming the Knicks first home-grown All-Star in God knows how long. I still think he will achieve that one day, and from the time he was drafted, through the few terrible years he beared before last season, he was the pride of the Knicks.
I hope the Garden crowd treats him nicely tonight, and though I will miss the beginning of tonight's game, in my mind, at 7:30, I will give a salute to Danilo when he steps foot on the floor when the Nuggets' starting lineup is announced.
I don't know why I'm in this nostalgic, almost melancholy mood. Perhaps it was Seth Rosenthal's piece over at Posting and Toasting, but either way, I didn't feel like writing a typical game preview tonight. I didn't want to analyze these two teams and be reminded of how much better the Nuggets have been since the trade, and I wasn't particularly in the mood to poke fun at certain players either in my "Scouting Report".
The Nuggets have some crafty ball-handlers in Ty Lawson and Andre Miller, guys who can fill it up like Gallinari and another former Knick, Al Harrington, some astute defenders in Aaron Afflalo and Chris Andersen, and just a great style of basketball. I hope this game inspires our Knicks and gets this season turned around.
Let's go Knicks!