After years of ineptitude, there is finally a glimmer of hope at the World’s Most Famous Arena. The offseason acquisition of Amar’e Stoudemire has been complimented by the deadline trade for Carmelo Anthony. Despite the team’s very up and down play, the atmosphere at a Knicks’ game has definitely improved since my last visit. A sense of hope actually surrounds the team and the fans. At the game vs. Orlando on March 23, besides hearing Bernie Williams perform the national anthem and listening to the starting lineups in Spanish, other interesting occurrences included seeing Aretha Franklin sitting courtside and witnessing some old school interaction between Patrick Ewing and Spike Lee (pictured). The Knicks played well for three quarters, but Orlando took charge in the fourth, winning 111-99. This loss was part of the Knicks’ six-game March losing streak. Despite the struggles, having stars on the roster really makes things a lot better. I look forward to seeing the new and improved Knicks in the soon to be new and improved Madison Square Garden. Major renovations begin this summer for both the team and arena.