SPANISH HARLEM – Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Today is a day to give thanks, so let’s begin with the New York Knickerbockers. I have been hesitant the past couple of weeks to write about my beloved Knicks because I understood the season was still very young. I didn’t really have any idea how good or bad this team was going to be, so I wanted to wait it out for a few games to really assess what we have.
I’m thankful for Kristaps Porzingis because he is just amazing to watch. His scoring average is up 6 points from a year ago and he looks better in just about every conceivable way. K-Porz is playing with a lot more confidence and it shows in his overall shooting numbers. The sky is the limit for this kid and everyone in the league is on notice. This may still be Melo’s team but Prozin-God is definitely coming for the throne and that’s good for the Knicks and for Melo.
I’m also thankful for, not one but two point guards that can run an offense and take over games with their play. To say that the Knicks haven’t had a decent point guard in years is an understatement. This season, Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings have played well enough to start but having a capable back up is just as important. We have that now in Jennings and it looks like his injury history is no longer an issue, so it’s likely that he will get stronger and more confident as they season goes on. Rose had a great moment Tuesday night against the Blazers, when he took the shot to win the game with 4 seconds left and let everyone know that he still has that MVP mentality.
After starting this season with inconsistent play on both defense and offense, it seems the Knicks are finally forming an identity. They have won 5 games in row at home and it’s important to protect home court. The last couple of years, teams have come to Madison Square Garden, only to leave with a win. That has changed for now and that’s good for the fans and the city.
I’m thankful for the New York Yankees. They have been my savior over the last 20 years because being an Eagles and Knicks fan hasn’t been easy. They have contended every year and have made this city proud, time and time again. This upcoming season they look to go younger and that usually doesn’t bode well in the win column but the Yankees don’t rebuild, they reload. Next season is no different, as they look to add pieces that will help the team win. Sure, they will have their ups and downs like most teams but with the Yanks its World Series or bust and I don’t think that will ever change.
Gary Sanchez leads the youth movement, which includes Aaron Judge, Greg Bird and Tyler Austin. They all will be given the opportunity to succeed and thats just fine by me. The minor leagues is stacked with players that now have hope they will contribute at the major league level. Gleyber Torres is the teams number 1 prospect and recently became the youngest player to win the MVP at the Arizona Fall League (At Age 19). The future is bright and fans will be thankful that the team decided to go younger sooner rather than later.
On that note, this Thanksgiving there is much to be thankful for! I hope you can find yours. Enjoy the day, watch some football, have a drink or two and eat as much as you can!
Thats it and I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Comment below, come back tomorrow for Always Different Matt and please follow us on Twitter @MeetTheMatts & @BuddyDiaz19 and like our Facebook page, Meet The Matts & BuddyDiaz19.