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Why It Is an Exciting Time to Be a New York Knicks Fan

The New York Knicks are back! After a surprisingly successful last season in which the Knickerbockers ended took the fourth seed in the east and made the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade since they last made it in 2013. Even with a first-round exit that felt a bit disappointing, the Knicks last season was an overall success, as making the playoffs was something that no one thought they would make the playoffs at all.

This is primarily thanks to the excellent job that president Leon Rose and executive vice president William Wesley, not to mention general manager Scott Perry, has done to shift the team’s culture into one of winning and hard work. This started with the hiring of Tom Thibodeau as head coach, who turns this team into one of the best defensive teams in the league. For his work this past season, Thibodeau was given the Coach of the Year award, but he wasn’t the only person to win an award for his season on the team.

One of the biggest reasons to be excited for this Knicks team and their upcoming season is Julius Randle. The winner of the Most Improved Player award, Randle is looking to prove himself even more, after just having the best season of his career. We watched Randle blossom into a true player to watch average numbers that we have not seen since Larry Bird. After his poor performance in the playoffs a couple of months ago, I’m sure Randle is working on his game to be even more solid and ready to hold the team on his back. He shouldn’t have to carry too much; however, this young Knicks team is one that pushes each other to be better.

I cannot wait to see how players such as RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickly (who is having a fantastic summer league right now), and Mitchell Robinson return this upcoming season. We must also mention Derrick Rose returning this season, after playing fantastically most of the season and especially on the playoffs. All this, the new additions of the rookies we drafted last month, and the pickups of Evan Fournier and Kemba Walker, if he’s healthy, make me excited for this young team’s future.   

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