I know father's day passed and were on to the 4th. But I needed to reflect on a fathers day filled with corny gifts, grilling my own food (that was meant to be grilled FOR me...lol) and having my son forget to say happy fathers day, that is, until one of his teammates I was driving to a team fundraiser said "Happy Fathers Day coach"!!(I coach my sons AAU team), then my son turns and says "Happy Fathers Day dad, I forgot to say it", and then he laughs!!.... Wow what a way to wish your father and coach a Happy Fathers Day... thanks!!
Overall I had a great fathers day; I celebrated with teammates and family.
As in everyday I began thinking about the Knicks and on this day I thought about how the Knicks help my son and I bond on many different levels.
My son was born in '94 (as you may know if you read the HIP HOP and KNICKS blog post) at the height of the Ewing era--- believe me I had him sitting on my lap raising his little arms in the air every big play..... especially throughout the playoffs and into the finals.
My son breaths basketball and bleeds Orange and Blue!!
He had a basketball pacifier at birth, I had a nerf hoop in his crib and I would hit a Patrick Ewing turn around fade away or John Starks over Jordan and Horace Grant dunk on him every chance I could get!!
The Knicks have been a central part of our bonding. We play video games and argue about who is going to be the Knicks, we watch games, discuss trades and FA signings. I take him back to 94 and discuss the old Ewing, Starks and Oakley Knicks!!!... It's a beautiful thing!!
But what's really important here is the time we spend; while watching games we discuss life, pain, love, hate. When we discuss the '94 Knicks we also discuss history of our family, our country, our world. While driving to games or events we discuss what's currently happening in his life, my life, our family life.
That's what fathers day is all about... growing with your family, cementing the bond that builds a strong family structure.
Of course the Knicks are not the only way my son and I bond... but it has become an important piece and that bond the Knicks helped build will last forever.