Knicks: What fans should be thankful for this holiday season

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While it might not seem so, there are plenty of reasons to be thankful for being a Knicks fan.

For a team that hasn’t been relevant for the better part of two decades, it’s amazing the amount of media attention the New York Knicks generate. Unfortunately, it’s mostly negative coverage due to the performance on the court. From President Barack Obama making fun of them to James Harden referring to the Knicks as the most dysfunctional team in NBA, it hasn’t been good. In this offseason, it has felt like the Knicks had reached a new low.

But for as bad as things have been, the early season results has given us hope. Let’s count the reasons Knick fans should be thankful this holiday season.

Reason #1 to be thankful: No Steve Mills

While James Dolan is the owner and is ultimately responsible for the results, it’s no coincidence that the only winning seasons the Knicks have had this century occurred when Steve Mills was not working for the Knicks. He started working for Mr. Dolan in 2003, left in 2009, and returned right before the start of 2013-14 season.

Leon Rose has already proven to be a better leader than Steve Mills, despite not having any front office experience. He has done something Mills refused to do, which is surround himself with the brightest front office minds available. As mentioned in ‘How Leon Rose can turn New York into a contender‘, the first step to building up the organization is off the court. Having a first class front office will lead to better decisions and will eventually catch the attention of players around the league.

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