Tuesday was a bad night for Knicks fans.
Which makes it no different than most other nights since 1973.
Fans went to bed Monday with visions of Zion Williamson dancing through their head. But those images evaporated less than 24 hours later, disappearing in a flash, like the misplaced hope that arose when Phil Jackson was named Knicks president.
Yes, there are long-suffering franchises with no championship banners (Phoenix) or lengthier championship droughts (Milwaukee). But New York is the only perpetual also-ran that’s also an NBA cornerstone playing in its city of inception.