Apart from being the man behind the hilariously epic Hollywood comedy movies “Tropic Thunder” and “Zoolander,” Ben Stiller is also an avid basketball fan, a New York Knicks faithful to be exact. So when the city known as the Mecca of Basketball failed to accomplish something big this past season, Stiller was among those disappointed…once again.
Disappointment after disappointment
In the 2020/21 season, Stiller was pumped as the Knicks finished strong, having copped the 4th spot in the East. However, the excitement did not last long as the way the team performed in the first round turned the smile on the comedian’s face into a frown. Fast forward to the next season, New York terribly declined from an impressive 41-31 record to an underwhelming 37-45, dropping from 4th to 11th in the East. As expected, Stiller was frustrated.
“I loved it, but it made this season way worse,” Stiller said of the Knicks on JJ Redick’s podcast via FanSided. “And maybe the pain that I’m feeling now almost makes what I felt last year not worth it.”
Having followed the Knicks for years, Stiller, of course, is also well aware that a rebuild will take place at one point. However, he’s expecting it to happen later rather than sooner.
“By the time I’m 65 we might actually have something going on,” he pointed out. “I’ll be in my mid-60s by the time this team rebuilds. Maybe it’ll happen a little sooner, I don’t know, but it’s hard. It’s not something that you choose. Who would want this pain? Who would want to feel that frustration?... They have these moments in time where you think something is happening and then it just gets thrown back in your face.”
Something’s not right
Delving into it a bit, New York has a couple of All-Stars such as Julius Randle, Kemba Walker, and Derrick Rose. But evidently, the chemistry wasn’t there.
Randle, the team leader who was coming off the best season of his career, slightly dipped in overall productivity and largely contributed to the team’s poor performance. But as the season progressed, it became apparent that the problem did not begin and end inside the basketball court. As it turned out, drama also played a huge role in the Knicks’ downfall.
Whatever the deal is with the Knicks, Stiller, as well as other New York fans, hopes it gets fixed in no time. Because at the end of the day, the main goal is to win.