Even for the Knicks fan that I am, I found it sometimes difficult to support this organization over the years (the 2000s era was particularly painful to watch). There is nothing more true after reading Harvey Araton book about the glory days of the Knicks.
The Madison Square Garden serves as the background in the middle of the early 70s social changes in the US, and thus the Knicks became an expression for basketball fans - whatever their political beliefs, social status, skin colour, and religion were - to share a common passion.
The author makes a magnificent job of not taking side in all aspects of the story by providing detailed facts, and therefore the book is not a glorification of a basketball team in particular, but more of basketball in general. The book highlights the reason why fans watch sports.
I grew up hating the Knicks;big ugly Patrick Ewing, dumbass Anthony Mason with words shaved into his head, Pat Riley with his slick hair-do...which makes it all the more surprising how much I love this book. I had always heard about how special those old Knicks teams were, but Araton pieces all of it together with the social context of the era to remind us why we spend so much time watching and thinking about sports in the first place. I can't recommend this book enough.
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