It's Zion Williamson or bust for New York Knicks fans when it comes to the NBA draft lottery.
1. Ping pong balls will affect the lives of Knicks fans in a major way Tuesday night.
With the franchise being a laughingstock for 20 years, the New York faithful are in full Zion Williamson mode leading up to the draft lottery.
How desperate are Knicks fans to see their inept franchise turn things around and become somewhat relevant and competent? Priests, rabbis and shamans have been called into action.
They're listening to Lauryn Hill's 1998 song "To Zion."
They're writing poems.
Twas the Night Before Knicksmas— Stringless Paultron (@Strnglss) May 14, 2019
And all through the Garden
Not a whistle was blowing
Not even for James Harden
Rafter jerseys hung with one spot bare
In hopes that Zion would soon be there
The Knicks fans were snuggled in beds.
With dreams of KD, Kyrie, and Zion dunking on heads.
They're offering up body parts.
They're tweeting their way through it.
good morning everyone. today is a special day. today is the first day of the future new york knicks dynasty. today is the day the laughing stock of the nba, run by overlord dolan will rise. he has come to save us, and build us a better future— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) May 14, 2019
whatever it takes (@qamlls) pic.twitter.com/BktjKIyWnx
The Knicks shit train stops tonight. The basketball gods NEED to bless this team tonight. We’re coming Zion— Rick (@RickWhit3) May 14, 2019
And they're willing to do anything.
The odds are in the Knicks' favor to land the top pick, but it's far from a lock.
There is no in-between tonight. It will either be one of the greatest nights in franchise history or one of the the biggest disappointments, which means we all win because either outcome will provide excellent content.
In the meantime, if you're a Knicks fan who wants to prepare for the draft lottery by remembering the days when the Garden rocked and the franchise owned New York City, check out my recent podcast with the voice of the Knicks, Mike Breen.
2. You can also prepare for the draft lottery by watching all 62 dunks that Zion threw down while playing at Duke.
3. This was more exciting than the end of the Sixers-Raptors game.
4. Happy 30th birthday to Rob Gronkowski.
5. I've said for two years that ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball telecast is completely unwatchable, so it makes me happy when I see that others agree and lay out the case why it's so bad in such a great way.
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