With the Knicks off to their strongest start in years, there's basketball buzz filling up the Big Apple. Could this be the year the team finally rewards its fan base with that oh so coveted NBA championship trophy?
Despite an underwhelming finish to the 2011-12 season for the Knicks, J.R. Smith and Steve Novak provided their team's fan base with a couple of exciting bright spots all year long. With Novak emerging alongside buddy Jeremy Lin, and Smith joining the team midseason from China, both players exploded off the bench each and every night, only to excite the Garden crowd again and again.
Novak became a fan-favorite largely in part due to his ability to make it rain from long-range. For his explosiveness and his aggressive nature to pester opponents, Smith too gained a decent amount of favoritism from a bevy of the Knicks' faithfuls.
Novak and Smith certainly provided some excitement, but needless to say, most fans were left disappointed in the Knicks' first-round playoff exit.
The Knicks have added the most depth the roster has had in years, and hopes such talent makes it easier for the team to put forth a steady run towards something special. Of course, when recalling some of top accomplishments in franchise history, it's impossible to overlook Knickerbocker legend Walt "Clyde" Frazier and his impact on the team's two championship trophies.
And this season is certainly shaping up to be different than the last, or any other one in recent memory. Taking all of the NBA nation by surprise, the Knicks have emerged as the league's best squad. Boasting an 8-1 record, New York has put forth a balanced effort all season long.
Smith has risen as a much more mature player, even earning early consideration for the NBA's "Sixth Man of the Year" award. The sharpshooting Novak has struggled offensively thus far, but is commanding more time on the court by displaying an elevated defensive effort.
On Saturday, December 1st, fans of all ages---those who recall the team's past success, and those who are hungry to experience more in the near future---will have an opportunity to meet all three of the above mentioned favorites. Steiner Sports is hosting a meet & greet autograph session with Novak, Smith, and Frazier at its Long Island location. Fans can purchase tickets to the event and meet some of their favorite all-time players by clicking here.
But prior to the event, KnicksJournal.com readers also have the opportunity to win V.I.P. passes to the event for free! Keeping it simple this time around, we at KnicksJournal.com want to hear from you, the diehard fans! Make sure to tweet me @KnicksJournal and say who you'd like to meet most, and why! We'll be picking the most animated and enthusiastic answers as the winners for the opportunity to attend, sometime next week.