The GM Diaries: I

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Hello and welcome to a new series on the blog, and it’s going to be a series I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time. Those of you who know me well will know that I’m ridiculously into American sports. I first fell in love with American football when I was 13 years old, and then around the age of 17-18, I discovered the NBA, and it’s become my favourite sport  – at least American sport. For years and years, I’ve been wanting to do a basketball series on this site, but I haven’t found quite the right way to do it. I’ve tried to over-complicate it, making it as creative as possible (which I’ve always tried to do), but in the end I’ve realised that the series will be best served working much like a Football Manager save, simply working as a think-tank and a record for me to get my ideas out and be able to discuss what’s going on in my NBA 2k19 save.

I’ve also debated many, many times about which team to play as. There are lots of interesting teams possible to begin as on 2k19, such as the Miami Heat – with their gorgeous Miami Vice uniforms – or the New Orleans Pelicans – rebuilding without Anthony Davis – but in the end as you can tell from the header, I went for the team that is arguably the worst run team in the NBA – and professional sports – over the last twenty years, the New York Knicks.

Thanks to the wonderful people over on Operation Sports (credit to CelticLG), I’ve managed to download a roster that gives me the game’s rosters at the beginning of the season – meaning I still have Kristaps Porzingis – albeit with some tweaks to add realism to the experience in terms of player tendencies, coaches etc. This means I have the Knicks at the exact time where a logical rebuild can began, and I can begin to plan for the future. Ironically enough, I had to change the team’s setting in game to ‘rebuilding’. The game had them pre-set as ‘contending’. Yeah, sure. Classic Knicks.

These updates are going to – I think – be fairly short. I want them to be think-tank diary entries, allowing me to get my thoughts and plans out and allow me to finally do something with my favourite sport. The next update will outline my plans for my Knicks moving forward, and some potential moves I may make early on in the season. Until then, thank you so much for reading and supporting this blog. As always, should you have any questions about the Knicks, or basketball in general, please feel free to ask in the comments section, or contact me via Twitter (@JLAspey). Thank you again, and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading.


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