The predictability of the regular season has turned into absolute chaos over the first few days leading into the NBA Draft.
It’s captivating theater and, quite frankly, it’s exactly what the league wants.
Water coolers across the country are speculating how the Cavaliers can get better and what the future may be for Paul George, Jimmy Butler and Carmelo Anthony.
It’s a fun time to be an NBA fan, but many Knicks fans do not feel the same way.
Who could blame them?
The team has only won one playoff series over the last 17 years and has regressed to new levels of ineptitude in the early years of the Phil Jackson regime.
Phil was supposed to change the culture for the better. Instead it’s probably never been worse.
The good feelings are nowhere to be found at Madison Square Garden for the team that wears orange and blue.
However, if you’re a hopeless romantic looking for a reason to dream, pay attention Thursday night.
Thursday night needs to be a night Knicks fans remember for a very long time.
Why? They have a chance to land a building block, a chance to add a player that could be a part of the longterm plan for years to come.
It’s a very good draft and the team has a chance to get a very good player.
Yes, I’m annoyed the Knicks won meaningless games down the stretch of the season. That said, the same scenario happened exactly two years ago. It led to Kristaps Porzingis, and I think it’s fair to say that pick worked out pretty well.
In fact, it may be the only thing that has worked out for Phil Jackson.
Thursday needs to be a banner night for the Knicks.
The player doesn’t need to be a superstar for years to come, but he needs to be a part of the solution.
If you need a reminder for how important the draft can be, take a look at the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors.
Yes, the Warriors signed Kevin Durant in the offseason, but look at the rest of their team.
Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green we’re all drafted and developed over a period of time.
They were allowed to flourish and grow, and the result is a thing of beauty: a model franchise that everybody wants to be a part of.
The best hope for any NBA franchise with the Warriors and Cavaliers dominating is not trying to go for the quick fix.
Draft well, develop your players and hope it turns into a winning core.
The Knicks have a great building block in Porzingis. That’s great, but they need more. If you want to change the culture, draft well, give your players a chance and be patient.
Easier said than done, but the chance to add to the puzzle starts for the beleaguered Knicks on Thursday.
For the sake of New York City, let’s hope they get it right.
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