The New York Knicks faced off against the Houston Rockets last night in Houston and were defeated 123-112. New York drops to 17-40, while Houston finds themselves at 37-20 and a one-game lead on the Jazz for the 4th seed in the Western Conference.
Anybody who knows me is aware of how much space in my heart is taken up by basketball, and that space will forever be home to his legacy and my memories of it. This has certainly been reflected in my actions relating to him: endless debates about him and other all-timers with friends fueled by his greatness; asking for his gold jersey for Christmas eight years ago; practicing his signature post-fadeaway jump shot every time I had a ball in my hands; loudly exclaiming his name every time I’ve sent something soaring at a trash can.
I may be only 17 years old, but the impact he has had on my life is more than apparent. It is just over 24 hours after the news of his death, but the event doesn’t feel real in my head: it can’t possibly be real. It’s a tragedy by definition, and one that affects millions of people. My words here can only hope to capture my true thoughts on his legacy.
Steve Mills and Scott Perry joined MSG 150 to discuss the offseason with Alan Hahn. Here are some highlights:
Shooting: “We want to add some guys that can shoot the basketball. The way the game is going now with the great number of three-point shots, you need guys who can make shots,” Perry said.
Identity: “When we went into the beginning season, we said, ‘when we come out at the end, we want to have developed an identity and a feeling inside the organization that the people feel like we are an organization that cares about them, as people, and as basketball players, we get our players better, and this is a place that they all want to come back to. And we accomplished a lot of those things over the course of this season,” Mills explained.