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Watching a Loss to the Cavs, but Seeing a Bright Future for the Knicks

The eyes that have seen it all sparkled with energy late Monday night. With enthusiasm. With hope.

With the belief in a better future that he, Cal Ramsey, has held fast to across six decades of Knicks performances that were good, bad and abominable.

“I see a team that’s growing,” he said.

Ramsey, a quintessential fan with a special place in the franchise’s heart, had willed himself to Madison Square Garden after a nearly four-month hospital stay that ended just last Friday. Happy to be going home to his uptown apartment, he refused to go there deflated by LeBron James, who took a late-morning Manhattan subway ride with Cleveland Cavaliers teammates and later derailed the Knicks by leading a 43-point fourth quarter that produced a 104-101 victory at the Garden.