The city with the largest media, the city with the bright lights, and the hometown basketball team with the worst karma.
The New York Knicks were projected to have the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and get a franchise player in Duke’s Zion Williamson. The basketball gods looked upon that and made a decision.
“OH HELL NO”.
You heard it right. With ownership so thin-skinned in New York City, combined with banning fans for simply saying “Sell The Team”, why would karma not come back and bite you?
The Pelicans and Lakers didn’t have that issue and they ended up with the 1st and 4th picks respectively (although there are reports of rigging). The Grizzlies took the 2nd pick while the Knicks finished 3rd.
This is the Knicks’ highest pick since drafting Patrick Ewing No. 1 overall back in 1985.
The Knicks were the worst team in the NBA this past season (17-65) and had a 14% chance – equal to Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers – of getting the first overall pick under the new lottery system. The Suns got the 7th pick and the Cavaliers got the 5th pick.
With Williamson likely going off the board at 1 and Ja Morant projected to go #2, the likelihood is that the Knicks will probably draft Willamson’s teammate at Duke in RJ Barrett. Still, they wanted Zion and just like that “poof”.
This news only adds to the agony of the fanbase, especially with the fear that they may not land the top two free agent prospects this year in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. But there is one question that everyone really needs answered.
Why would they choose the Knicks?
Why would Durant and Irving, two of the NBA’s biggest and most recognizable stars choose to sign with a franchise that has basically resembled a dump?
Forget Madison Square Garden for a second. Yes, it is considered “The Mecca” and almost every great player has had some moment in that arena and college basketball was known for its great games on that court.
In recent times however, the arena basically has put out products that continue to buy fans loyalty despite ineptitude and over-expensive ticket prices.
Other than three years stretch in which the Knicks were in the NBA Playoffs including a 2 seed during the 2012-13 season in which they won 54 games, the name “incompetence” reeks through minds of fans.
Forgive Spike Lee for his unabashed love for the team, but even that can’t save them now. Only Durant and Irving could do it.
The Knicks traded their superstar Kristaps Porzingis in hopes of clearing up cap space to sign two max free agents to pair along with the young players that they acquired including Kevin Knox and Frank Ntilikina.
So they don’t have the top overall pick and now they are praying for Durant and Irving to join. But don’t get your hopes up Knick fans.
As per the case, the hopes will get high, the joy can only build up so much. Fate however, will give you the same result. What can go wrong……will go wrong.