To say last year’s New York Knicks season was unpredictable would be a huge understatement. From the height of Linsanity to the low of being knocked out of the playoffs in the first round, Knicks fans felt many emotions throughout the season.
There were several memorable games and , with another season, we, as fans, can only hope that there are several more. Here are the top five can’t miss Knicks games of the seasons.
5. Miami Heat at New York Knicks on November 2nd
As previously stated, the Knicks ended their season as the Miami Heat defeated them in convincing fashion in the first round of last years playoffs. This first matchup between the two teams since that defeat will also be the home opener for the Knicks. It will be the first look at newcomer Jason Kidd and familiar faces in Marcus Camby, Raymond Felton and Kurt Thomas for the Garden crowd. The Knicks will hope for different results this time as they welcome the champs into town.
4. New York Knicks at Los Angeles Lakers on December 25th
There is just something special about Christmas Day basketball. The Knicks will head out to Los Angeles to take on the Lakers with Kobe Bryant and new point guard Steve Nash. Nash looked very likely to be a Knick but, in the last minute of negotiations, worked a sign and trade to become a Laker. The Lakers should be one of the best teams in the NBA and it will be an interesting matchup to see if Carmelo can will the Knicks to another Christmas day victory, much like he did last year against the Boston Celtics.
3. New York Knicks at Denver Nuggets on March 13th
This will be Carmelo Anthony’s first game back to Denver since his trade to the New York Knicks. While last year I felt that Carmelo would be booed and received poorly because of his unwillingness to stay in Denver, I think that has changed. The Denver Nuggets have become a better team and have as much young potential as any other team in the league. Due to the fact that the Nuggets were left off better after their superstar left, unlike the situations with Chris Bosh leaving Toronto and Lebron James leaving Cleveland, I expect a mixed reaction for Carmelo.
2. New York Knicks at Brooklyn Nets on November 1st
The battle of the boroughs or the new subway series, whatever you want to call it this game is going to be highly anticipated. This will be the first NBA game for both the Brooklyn Nets and the Barclays Center. The Brooklyn Nets poise a great threat to the New York Knicks on the basketball court and in taking over as the team in New York City. I do expect there to be mostly Knicks fans at the game, however if the Nets can acquire Dwight Howard around the trade deadline expect the Knicks stranglehold on the New York market to be in serious jeopardy.
1. Houston Rockets at New York Knicks on December 17th
Now how can a game top the debut of a brand new franchise in Brooklyn. The first matchup between two teams that look to be rivals for decades to come. The clashing of numerous superstars and the most beloved Net in recent memory Jason Kidd coming to town. That’s simple, Linsanity. In one of the most bizarre offseason moves the Knicks let go of a potential superstar in Jeremy Lin. On December 17th Lin will be showered with love as he in introduced back into the Garden as a Houston Rocket. It will probably be the most electric moment in the stadium all year. That’s why Linsanity back at the Garden has to be the most anticipated game of the 2012-13 season.