Even for the Knicks fan that I am, I found it sometimes difficult to support this organization over the years (the 2000s era was particularly painful to watch). There is nothing more true after reading Harvey Araton book about the glory days of the Knicks.
The Madison Square Garden serves as the background in the middle of the early 70s social changes in the US, and thus the Knicks became an expression for basketball fans - whatever their political beliefs, social status, skin colour, and religion were - to share a common passion.
The author makes a magnificent job of not taking side in all aspects of the story by providing detailed facts, and therefore the book is not a glorification of a basketball team in particular, but more of basketball in general. The book highlights the reason why fans watch sports.