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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
Amid the backdrop of a crumbling country, the NBA has been experiencing a new golden age.
And while the league reaches new heights, its storied New York Knicks franchise achieves ever deepening levels of rock bottom.
The frantic artistry and entertainment of last year's seven-game NBA Finals between the Warriors and Cavaliers sparked a surge in my basketball interest. When the 2016-17 season began, I was latched on to my favorite team, the increasingly frustrating and weird New York Knicks, keeping up with basketball mostly through them while they showed plenty of early promise. They were 14-10 at one point, creating the early illusion of a shot at playoff contention. During that first month of the season, when family members asked what they could get me for Christmas I figured some new Knicks gear might be a good idea.