How to win the NBA championship
When you’re sitting in a hotel ballroom, it’s hard to believe that you might be watching the NBA’s best team in the NBA Finals.
But it’s not just the title on the line, it is a real possibility.
That’s what happens when you sit in the same hotel ball room that will host the NBA Playoffs, when the Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks all square off in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday night.
It is a possibility that could make the most of the opportunity to be the first team to win both titles in a series.
And the likelihood is that that team will be the New York Knicks, a team that has won four of the past six NBA Finals and is one of the best in the game.
The New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins, teams that have never advanced past the first round of the playoffs, have been playing well in the second half of the season and could contend for the conference finals this year, too.
The Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets are both in the hunt for their first postseason win since 2011 and could play spoiler in the first three rounds.
These are all the teams that the Chicago Sun-Times lists as potential teams that could sneak into the playoffs.
But they won’t be the only ones that make the jump.
The Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers could also make the leap to the postseason, but the only way to guarantee they will is to win at least one of those games.
If the New Orleans Pelicans, Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder all play their way into the playoff mix, the odds of the team that makes the playoffs that actually makes it are just 1 in 1,000,000.
That means the odds are stacked against them.
So what makes the Knicks so exciting?
The Knicks have a lot of talented players, most notably Kristaps Porzingis, Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony.
They also have a deep bench that includes Carmelo and Joakim Noah, which gives them some help on offense.
New York is a team with a lot going for it.
They have the second-best record in the Eastern conference, which makes it easier to get out of the first four rounds of the postseason.
It’s also one of only four teams in the league that has made the playoffs in three straight years and a lot has been made of their playoff history.
But this season, the Knicks are playing at a different level.
They are the first of four teams to advance to the first two rounds of this year’s playoffs.
“This year is the year,” Porzingi said.
“It’s really a new year for us.
We haven’t played in front of our fans in the playoffs for a long time.
We’ve been playing against teams we know we can beat, but this year it’s a completely different situation.
We have a new team, a new coach and we have a different mentality.
I’m really excited to be part of this team, it feels really good to be a part of it.”
Porzingis added that his teammates are excited to finally get to play against a team in which they feel comfortable.
“The guys that are here are really motivated and we all feel that we are one of these teams that can make a lot out of this,” Porzyis said.
Rose was the only player in the lineup who wasn’t excited about being a part.
“(He) wants to play, but I think he’s really happy to be here, and I think the team is really excited about it, too,” Rose said.
“(We) just have to find a way to do it.”