5 Knicks fan New Year's resolutions for 2022

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Obi Toppin and Trae Young treated image
Obi Toppin and Trae Young treated image

As we reach the end of one year and the beginning of a new one, New Year’s resolutions are being penned everywhere, marking the time of dedication and self-improvement. For Knicks fans, that time may as well be 24/7, as we continue sickly descending further into our mental self-imprisonment no matter what new disappointment reaches out telling us to give up.

So, on that cheerful holiday note, here are five New Year’s resolutions for Knicks fans to take up in 2022.

1. More O-bi! chants

Obi Toppin is pure, unbridled energy and joy on the basketball court, a fact Knicks fans never pass on expressing at the opportunity. Case in point: Chanting “O-bi!” when he electrifies the Garden with an alley-oop dunk, or when he throws down a regular open dunk, or sometimes just for stepping onto the court.

This is the best, and something that Knicks fans should lean into in 2022. Toppin is one of the team’s winningest players this season, and deserves far more than 15.5 minutes per game. If Tom Thibodeau won’t give in to his play, maybe he’ll give in after 20 more games of “O-bi! O-bi!”

Better Trae Young chants

For whatever this slice of Knicks success turns out to be, in the minds of fans embracing the moment, Trae Young may as well be Reggie Miller incarnate. That’s fun; rivalries are cool and Young is evidently talented and confident enough to carry that New York villain role.

Here’s the thing: “F--k Trae Young” sucks. Chanting it at him stinks, chanting it at his team playing without him is dumb, and chanting it just to chant it is weird.

Knicks fans are better and more clever than this. “Trae is balding” was a step in the right direction. “Lu-ka’s better” would sting, or the classic “boooooo” works perfectly fine.

Nov 15, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks forward Obi Toppin (1) reacts after a dunk against the Indiana Pacers during the first half at Madison Square Garden.
Nov 15, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks forward Obi Toppin (1) reacts after a dunk against the Indiana Pacers during the first half at Madison Square Garden.

Less overreacting

In defense of Knicks fans, this team has not made it easy to grab any coherent thread of its narrative. They began 5-1, fell off a cliff, and are now good again, maybe?

Still, Knicks fans are prone to respond aggressively to potentially meaningless developments. Calls to hang up a banner after a 5-1 start (sorry) or trade Julius Randle after a slow start to the season were frequent and in all likelihood silly. Let’s take a chill pill in 2022 and not take things at face value too quickly.

Retire Bing Bong

It’s unclear who or what killed Bing Bong, but in the context of basketball, the implementation of this phrase into the Knicks domain spelled their doom. Every loss triggered a “Bing Bong” tweet from opposing teams’ social media accounts, and by the time some semblance of winning returned, Bing Bong had infected the rest of social media.

At points this season, these Knicks were far more “we are being held momentarily by the train’s dispatcher, please be patient” than the train’s closing doors chime indicating movement and forward advancement. Maybe it’s best if we let them win something before making them a meme, and retire Bing Bong from our vocabularies.

Appreciate what we’ve got

The Knicks are in a play-in spot with few games separating them from higher postseason seeding. They’re led by Randle, who is a very good All-Star, puts up 20-10-5 on his bad days, and recently signed an extension to stay here because he loves the city and franchise.

Further down the roster is an assortment of exciting young players who will pack the Garden long past this current core’s window: RJ Barrett, Mitchell Robinson, Toppin, Immanuel Quickley, Quentin Grimes and Miles McBride, among others.

Mike Breen and Walt Clyde Frazier are still on the call. Despite the challenges, we’re still able to watch this team compete live at the world’s most famous arena. Rose’s and Little Italy’s may have closed their original locations, but opened up elsewhere close to Penn Station.

Our last New Year’s resolution should be to appreciate what we’ve got. In a wild year off the court, we still had our Knicks on the court.