The team’s faithful brought their A-game for the first two nights of the playoffs – voices combining for deafening chants throughout almost the entire 48 minutes. The euphoria of ending years of basketball misery, mixed together with a pandemic on the decline finally allowed 15,000 strong the opportunity to will their Knicks to a victory.
We’ve heard deafening playoff crowds before, but none of them went through what Knicks’ fans endured. Perhaps that makes their ascension that much sweeter – a group of players widely expected to finish with the worst record in the NBA shattering expectations, finally bringing their franchise up from the doldrums.
Stars from all sports taking notice of Knicks fans
Knicks’ fans made their mark on not just the Atlanta Hawks, but stars from all walks of life. From arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, to one of the top weapons on the New York Giants – when the World’s Most Famous Arena starts rocking, eyes are glued to the screen.
Knicks: The Hero & The Villain
One of the greatest parts of professional wrestling is the art of drawing heat – the way wrestlers like Shawn Michaels, CM Punk and Steve Austin did it was Shakespearian. Well, Vince McMahon should give Trae Young a call – he plays the villain card just as well as some of the greatest in the history of the business.
The Hawks’ star may have fed off the energy – but that didn’t stop fans from trying to eviscerate the point guard. Knicks’ commentator Mike Breen doesn’t get confused by much, but even he didn’t expect a ‘Trae is balding!’ chant to echo throughout MSG.
On the other side of the coin, arguably the crowd’s favorite player has been Knicks’ rookie, Obi Toppin. His rollercoaster rookie season has been littered with comments questioning his ability, but his continuous confident play in the playoffs has led to ‘OBI!’ chants shaking the dust off the walls.
He gave the basketball world a moment to remember – his rim-rattling alley-oop shook the salt off the pretzels at the food court. The image of his rising up for the premier play of his rookie season will be immortalized if the Knicks go on to win the series.
Two Epic Nights: The Knicks’ Fans are the X-Factor
A chip was placed firmly on every Knicks fan’s shoulder when Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving disparaged their team in favor of the Brooklyn Nets. Now, Julius Randle and company are proving what fans already knew to be true – the city that never sleeps bleeds orange and blue.
The Hawks are learning why New York is The Mecca of basketball. Young may be excited to get back to Atlanta for two games, but one thing is for sure – Knicks’ fans travel well.
No matter what happens in State Farm Arena, New Yorkers will be back and ready to go to battle with their team for Game 5.
There’s no doubt that Knicks’ fans will be prepared to once again be the x-factor when the two teams face off tonight in Atlanta. There are already rumblings that there will plenty of New Yorkers at the arena.
Warm up the ‘DE-FENSE’ and ‘GO NEW YORK, GO NEW YORK, GO!’ chants – the Knicks already shattered expectations, the sound barrier may be next.