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Knicks Will Be NBA Champions

Column by Haider A. Hamoudi
Sports Editor

The New York Knickerbockers will win the NBA championship. This may not be the biggest surprise in the world, but after having publicly embarrassed myself with that Bills pick several months ago, I think I better take the safe route this time. There are several reasons why 1993 will be a good one for Riley's Knicks.

To begin with, only football's AFC is worse than the Western Conference when it comes to lame conferences in professional leagues. Phoenix, which appears to be the favored team in the West, took a full five games to beat the Los Angeles Lakers, and Game Five even went into overtime. A surprise Seattle appearance will be even more favorable to the East, as Seattle center Sam Perkins is simply not big enough to play at that position in the NBA. Ewing will dominate the middle, and Seattle's outside is not good enough to compensate. True, the Sonics beat the Jazz, but only incompetent Neanderthals like Mike Duffy and Andy Heitner (and Mormons, maybe) thought Utah could win.

Thus, the question is not whether or not the Knicks can beat whoever wins the West, but whether or not they can top the Bulls. I do not think this will be terribly difficult. Most importantly, I am going to Columbia next year, and New York is a better city than Chicago. Also, the Bulls are down 2-0, and they are frustrated. Jordan is not used to having the spotlight removed from him and placed on, of all people, the man guarding him, John Starks. Jordan's anger was apparent yesterday when he all but threatened to gun down Knicks guard Greg Anthony for daring to touch his royal person. After talking up a storm about how wonderful he and his team is, Jordan has been reduced to vitriolic attacks on the Knicks' "dirty play." All of this is symptomatic of Chicago's inability to cope with the more physical Knicks.

Furthermore, Ewing is playing at his best, and he has dominated the Bulls inside the paint. In the last game, he had as many rebounds as the entire Chicago front line. Jordan and Pippen may be exceptional players, but you can't win a ball game if your team can't rebound. If Greg Anthony and John Starks play as they have been, it will more than enough to secure the victory. As a matter of fact, despite my natural inclination, I will make a bold prediction regarding this series. Not only will the Knicks win, but it will take them less than six games to do it.