Brooklyn’s big offseason win puts NBA & NYC on notice with a simple message: Little brother, no more
For the better part of two decades, there’s no getting around this simple fact.
The New York Knicks have been one of the worst organizations in professional sports.
We know what the Knicks of yesteryear accomplished. Like Walter "Clyde" Frazier, Willis Reed and company, or Patrick Ewing and crew in the 1990s.
Put that aside as someone who is under the age of 24.
For basically their entire life, the Knicks have been a laughing stock.
The best way to sum the Knicks ineptitude is the fact that the team has one playoff series win in 18 years. Enough said.
It seems every couple of years, the Knicks fan is sold this false hope, this narrative of things changing for the better.
This summer presented yet another opportunity for that.
With the cap room created by the Kristaps Porzingis trade combined with a top three selection in the draft, now was the time for the Knicks to rise from the ashes as a franchise.
That was the hope, but the end result is nothing more than another nightmare.
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, the same two players who were photoshopped in Knicks uniforms back in February have decided to come to New York all right, but in Brooklyn as new members of the Brooklyn Nets.
It cannot be understated on what a monumental blow this is for the Knicks franchise and what a game changer it may be for the Nets.
The Nets are now officially on the radar of New York City.
Of course, you’ll have to wait a year to see Durant showcasing his talents, but the well run recent nature of the Nets organization made the second basketball team of New York the more viable free agent destination.
Time will judge if the Nets can gain a stranglehold on the city and generate the sort of buzz that has been missing throughout the history of the franchise.
Of course there are risks with Durant and Irving, but they are risks worth taking.
For the Knicks, the narrative of players “wanting to play at the Garden” and “The Mecca” must come to an end.
This summer illustrates yet another example of the Knicks franchise whiffing in a dramatic way in free agency.
Until the culture around the franchise and owner James Dolan changes, it’s easy to wonder if the Knicks will ever be a place where the top players want to come and showcase their talents.
To their credit, Scott Perry and Steve Mills did not go out and give ridiculous long term commitments to mid level free agent talents.
I appreciate the refreshing change, but sadly the decision to trade Kristaps Porzingis 60 cents on the dollar, doesn’t appear to be a stroke of genius considering the way this off-season has shook out.
The Knicks franchise must remain patient and understand that their only hope towards relevance and success is drafting and developing talent.
The Knicks lost big this weekend and the other team in town was the biggest winner.
On the long and winding road back to respectability, maybe taking a page out of Brooklyn’s playbook wouldn’t be a bad place to start.
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