The Knicks are winning, but now they can’t sleep


From Newsday’s Al Iannazzone:

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — The Knicks don’t just play in the city that never sleeps, they have become the team that has trouble sleeping.

All the excitement that Jeremy Lin has generated around New York and inside Madison Square Garden has given some Knicks players a rush of adrenaline that has stayed with them long after they leave the building.

“It’s hard to sleep at night,” Steve Novak said during a radio interview on WFAN Thursday. “We have a lot of guys who have trouble sleeping at night.”

As a result, Novak, who has become a fan favorite with his sharpshooting, said the team met with a doctor before practice Thursday about their sleeping issues and how to correct them.

The Knicks were told to drink warm milk or herbal tea or count sheep or even change to firmer mattresses. The doctor, Novak said, gave the players relaxation CDs to help them unwind.

A fun story, and just another example of how NBA teams and players are more willing to look for unorthodox solutions to common problems than they have been in the past. Of course, with the way Novak, Lin, and the rest of the Knicks have been playing since Linsanity began, I’m sure plenty of Knicks fans would be fine with the team continuing to toss and turn at night, so long as they keep winning.