It’s always amazing how Knicks fans, aided and abetted by certain pundits, can abandon one narrative and slip effortlessly into another when their team’s organization shows, once again, they are incompetent or worse incapable of running an NBA team in the league’s biggest market.
Before yesterday, Kristaps Porzingis was the lure that would attract Kevin Durant (a sure thing, of course) and give the team two superstars next season. Then, after Porzingis, a rare talent, told the organization he didn’t trust them and wanted out, a new narrative was adopted: Screw Porzingis! We now have enough cap space to attract TWO superstars, Durant and Kyrie Irving (a sure thing, of course). Forget that the Knicks currently have NO other NBA stars to lure them and an ever higher pile of evidence that the organization is a total mess.
It seems Porzingis has already been abandoned by most Knick fans as Phil’s trash, someone not tough enough for New York or whatever, instead of The Unicorn (nicknamed that by future Knick KD ... a sure thing, of course). A 7’3” big who can play both power forward and center, run the floor, hit three’s and block shots, he was a gift. Dump Melo. No problem. We’ll just move on to the Unicorn!
Stefan Bondy gets it, even if some of his colleagues don’t. Bondy, now persona non grata in the halls of MSG, published this Friday morning...
Kristaps Porzingis was a mystical treasure in today’s NBA – a 7-foot-3 mobile rim protector adept at stroking 3-pointers.
But they screwed it up, of course. They couldn’t squash the losing, the dysfunction, the pettiness. After they agreed to trade Porzingis to the Mavericks for cap space and two future first-round picks, the Knicks launched a spin campaign to make it seem like this was all Porzingis’ fault and they were actually saving the fans (ha!)...
So why wasn’t Porzingis sold on a franchise that shuttled in four different coaches over four years and owns the league’s worst record since 2001?
The answer to that rhetorical question could take pages and pages and pages. But no matter, now the bright star (or two) is the promise of using $75 million in cap space (!!) to sign the two best free agents on the market. (It’s a sure thing, of course.)
Of course it isn’t. The last team to accomplish something like that had Pat Riley as its GM and guru as well as an All-NBA player in his prime who had already won a ring.
But it’s simply more than New York’s messy management that warrants a healthy dose of skepticism. Not to mention ownership. These sort of things DO NOT happen very often. That is, a future Hall of Famer descends, deus ex machina-like, from the sky to return a weary organization to its once-great glory.
It takes a rebuild, a successful rebuild to entice those kinds of players to even take a phone call. Here’s what Adrian Wojnarowski told WFUV, the Fordham student radio station, in December when the hosts asked if he saw KD joining KP in orange-and-blue.
“Getting a player like Durant takes years of building up a program, building up an infrastructure, building credibility with what you’re doing and history kind of shows you that it doesn’t get short-circuited by a guy who’s a big free agent, If you’re talking about Kevin Durant, some people say he may be the best player in the league.
“History also tells you that that player usually either stays where he is or he goes somewhere where something’s been established there and has been building toward this. The Knicks may not fit that description.”
How kind. And that was before Thursday’s debacle with Dallas.
It just gets crazier and crazier. The Knicks will not only get Durant and Irving. They are going to win the Draft Lottery (a sure thing, of course) and will take Zion Williamson. That in turn will help them lure those free agents. All the losing? Never you mind! It’s all part of the plan which will succeed, a sure thing, of course!
And if you’re a Nets fan, you are used to being told to stay in your place. The Knicks have a legacy, the Mecca.
Maybe it will all work out for the Knicks. It would be good to have a real cross-town rivalry. In the meantime, we’re sure the Nets front office, the exact opposite of its counterpart in Manhattan (actually the offices are in Westchester), will do what they have to do to move the ball forward. That IS a sure thing, of course.