Tina Cervasio: Clyde Is …

From hours on a plane to dinners in media dining, here’s what I’ve learned about life from Clyde:

WHEN CLYDE WAS …
Winning championships for the New York Knicks, I wasn’t even on this earth. But he was capturing the attention of my father, an athlete and NBA fan.

WHEN CLYDE BECAME …
One of my colleagues, a new coworker I would work alongside after coming to MSG in 2008, I turned to my father, “I’ve seen the highlights, and have been watching the historical shows, but what did you feel like when you watched him play, Dad?”

WHEN CLYDE WAS …
“… in the game, he had a smooth style of play that showed no frustration. There was no anxiety in his moves or decisions, his demeanor was flawless. It was as if he was playing the game under direct orders from God. Perfect. Almost mystical.” My father would tell me.

WHEN CLYDE TALKS …
To me – and he answers my many questions about what he thought about when he played – my impression is, while he was fiercely competitive, it wasn’t about the competition or opponent, because he was prepared. He was ready to just slide through opposing players, never making a bad move, rhythmically or effortlessly to win.

CLYDE IS …
Still the same way. A smooth style, calm demeanor, prepared, effortless, rhythmical. It’s all in his clothes, personality, broadcasting today.  Even over four decades after the pinnacle of his playing career, when he talks about the greatest moments in his game, he still remains in the current moment: Smiling, reflecting, always bringing the past to the present, to make a positive impact.

CLYDE KNOWS …
How to live. Evolving as a player from the late 60s through the 70s, he also evolved as a man, becoming an icon. Now a famed broadcaster, business owner and legend. But over these past 50 years, it seems like no time has passed. He stands tall, energetic, tireless. He continues to portray a calm and youthful disposition, demolishing the definition of time.  But – much like when he became a basketball Hall of Famer – he sticks to the process. He’s still lifting weights at the gym, doing yoga on the road in his hotel room and eating healthy foods and taking vitamins (we’ve compared our vitamin bags before). This process allows him to continue enjoying life, showing an appreciation of each moment.  Clyde is always positive. Always grateful. As a man who grew up in a segregated south, it’s amazing how he never shows any resentment.

CLYDE HAS …
What seems like an internal compass inside of him, keeping him moving (physically and mentally) even in the midst of a fray or storm. Maybe this was one of the things which attributed to his success on the court.

CLYDE TODAY …
Still embodies all that made him a success through the years. Those people who have success, make you feel better about yourself after you have been with them. After I spend time with Clyde, even in a pre-game meeting or when my parents have met him before games or at his restaurant, I feel better about myself.  Not because he’s a legend, but because of the person who is taking time to relate to me.

[Bracket: Vote for Clyde’s best outfit]

CLYDE IS …
70.

But …

CLYDE IS …
Timeless.

I am grateful for his friendship and mentorship through the years.

Tina Cervasio