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Knicks trying to get season ticket holders to game early the night of fan protest

James-DolanA group of disgusted New York Knicks fans are planning to protest outside Madison Square Garden the night before the team takes on the Indiana Pacers on March 19. The Facebook page for the rally has over 2,500 likes, and there’s a good chance a large group will show up. It’s also a virtual certainty that the Knicks are aware of it.

On Tuesday morning, the Knicks sent an email to season ticket holders inviting them to come to the game early on March 19 to meet some alumni, receive some vouchers and be treated like “VIP.” Here’s what the letter said, courtesy of Deadspin.

With the Knicks back from their west coast tour, we wanted to celebrate in a big way, with you! If you plan to attend the Knicks game on Wednesday, March 19th, we’d love for you to attend the Knicks Happy Hour, courtesy of Chase. At this event, you’ll meet some Alumni, receive vouchers for merchandise and concessions and be able to watch shoot-around from a great spot. The event starts at 6PM, which is an hour before doors open to the general public [and two hours before game time], so you’ll be a VIP!

If you and your guests would like to attend, please let me know and print the invite for admission. Let me know if you have any questions. I hope you are able to join us.

Thanks!

Coincidence? Doubtful. It should be noted that New York has won four games in a row and is on the brink of hiring Phil Jackson, but that isn’t enough to erase the foul taste thousands of fans have in their mouths. The guys who run the protest page have already responded to the season ticket holder email, saying the Knicks should have made the “VIP” event at 5:00 because they will still be bumping into the protesters at 6:00.

Jackson will bring some buzz and excitement back to New York, but the Knicks are still likely to miss the playoffs. That will make for a long offseason.

Knicks fans organizing protest for March 19

James-DolanThe New York Knicks are one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference, and their fans have grown tired of it. After losing in the Eastern Conference semifinals last year, the Knicks have compiled a lowly 21-40 record this season. A group of fans are planning to display their disgust later this month.

A Facebook page called “KF4L (Knicks Fans For Life) Rally Page” has been started by a group of Knicks fans and already has over 1,000 likes. The group has organized a protest of team owner James Dolan’s handling of the franchise to take place on March 19 in front of Madison Square Garden.

The organizers of the protest, Knicks fans Michael Brown, Anthony Samaroo and Mark Griffin, have been promoting the rally on social media. They wrote an email to Marc Berman of the NY Post explaining the protest.

“Dolan’s failure to allow knowledgeable basketball people the autonomy/power to make basketball related decisions…,” they explained. “His insistence on overriding the opinions of his basketball people by bidding against himself in negotiations and overpaying in trades.”

The organizers singled out general manager Steve Mills and ripped Dolan for rehiring him after he oversaw “one of the most embarrassing eras in Knicks history.”

“We understand Dolan will not sell,” the statement concluded. “We understand change may not come of this. We just want our voices heard. We want to remind Dolan and the NBA that our voices matter. We buy the tickets, the jerseys, the NBA League Pass subscriptions. We are frustrated. We are tired. We deserve better.”

Maybe Carmelo Anthony should show up and hold a sign.

Hopefully the protesters have more luck than those Miami Marlins fans did a little over a year ago when they organized that rally — if you want to call it that. Considering it’s New York, I’m sure the turnout will be slightly better.

Young Knicks fan shakes his head as team loses seventh straight (GIF)

Young-Knicks-fan-shakes-headThe New York Knicks are in the middle of another very long losing streak. This one will likely bury their playoff hopes, as the Knicks have fallen to 21-40 on the season after a loss to the lowly Detroit Pistons on Monday night. And with that, even the youngest of Knicks fans have begun shaking their heads.

Can you sum it up any better than this kid? Carmelo Anthony had a similar reaction to a boneheaded play from his teammates earlier this season, but he’s also an adult who gets paid to help the team win. When fans who can’t be older than 8 start reacting like somebody stole their pet turtle, you know you’ve hit rock bottom.

GIF via SB Nation

Wes Welker mocked for Super Bowl drop by Knicks fan on jumbotron (Video)

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Wes Welker had a chance to seal a win for the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI two years ago, and he let it slip out of his finger tips. Tom Brady threw a pass on third down late in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants that should have been caught to give New England a crucial first down, but Welker couldn’t haul it in.

He was once again reminded of that play on Tuesday night, courtesy of a New York Knicks fan. Welker attended the Knicks game at Madison Square Garden with teammates Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker. When the three receivers were welcomed on the jumbotron, a Knicks fan — who is presumably also a Giants fan — sat behind Welker and mocked him for his dropped pass.

Hey, I guess anything’s better than Brady’s wife telling you you should have caught the ball.

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H/T Jimmy Traina’s The Big Buzz

Knicks fan got the same neck tattoo that JR Smith has

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New York Knicks guard JR Smith has one of the most recognizable tattoos in sports. On the front of his neck and under his chin, Smith has the New York Yankees symbol, the words “Young Money,” and his nickname “Swish” written with a bunch of stars scattered around. While that description nearly describes the image you see above, that is not a photo of Smith’s tattoo.

Instead, the ink belongs to a Knicks fan named Michael Cooper. Cooper, who goes by @cooperstar3 on Twitter, tweeted at Smith’s brother last month asking him if he thought JR would be mad if he copied his tattoo. Cooper essentially got the same design, only he had “Cooper Star” written in place of “Young Money.” Here’s a photo of Smith’s tattoo for comparison:

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Creepy? Just a little bit. One day we have a guy hoping Dirk Nowtizki impregnated his wife and the next we have someone copying an NBA player’s custom tattoo. The man worship has been really weird this holiday season.

H/T Ball Don’t Lie
Photo via @cooperstar3

Jeremy Lin cheered by Knicks fans in return to MSG (Video)

jeremy-lin-introJeremy Lin received cheers from the Madison Square Garden crowd in his first game against the Knicks since leaving his former team to sign with the Houston Rockets over the summer. Knicks fans gave Lin a strong applause when he was introduced before the game began. However, the cheers turned into boos as the game went and Houston pulled away.

Lin had 22 points and 8 assists, and most importantly, he was 9-15 on field goals in Houston’s 109-96 win on Monday night. It was the second-highest point total of the season for Lin, and his second-best shooting performance of the year.

“It was a lot of fun playing out there,” Lin said after the game. “I think our team took a step in the right direction. For me, it was great to be back and it was a lot of fun to be back again.

“It was actually a lot better than I thought (it would be),” Lin said of the reception.

Lin was not in the mood to be nostalgic about the “Linsanity” craze he sparked in New York last season.

“I’ve moved on, they’ve moved on,” he said. “We have good memories, but at the same time we’re all in a different place now.”

The win was no doubt satisfying for Lin after he took some criticism for leaving for Houston. Center Tyson Chandler said in October that Lin couldn’t run the Knicks’ offense. Raymond Felton, who replaced him on the Knicks, said he was a better player than Lin. And then you had Carmelo Anthony call Lin’s contract with Houston “ridiculous.”

Oh yeah, having a game against the Knicks while handing them their sixth loss of the year had to have felt great for Lin.

Below are some of his highlights from the game:

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Knicks bros seemed to be enjoying themselves

Ain’t no bro who can celebrate quite like a Knicks bro. After human victory cigar Rasheed Wallace hit a three pointer to put the Knicks up 64-59 against the Nets in Brooklyn on Monday, the TNT cameras focused on a couple of Knicks fans celebrating in the second row.

The dude in white was rocking a No. 16 Knicks jersey which we’re assuming is for Steve Novak. The bro in the No. 21 blue jersey may have been rolling with an … Iman Shumpert jersey? Either way, they both had the fitted hat tilted to the side and super thin eyebrow look down.

They weren’t quite as cool as the Detroit Pistons bros or the Lakers bros, but they were definitely some solid NBA bros.

GIF via CJ Zero