There have been rumors final 12 months of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant teaming up with the Knicks. They have been put to relaxation when the duo signed with the Brooklyn Nets, and KD explains why.
Regardless of having one of the hardcore fan bases in sports activities, the Knicks have been constantly dangerous as an NBA workforce this century.
They’ve solely made the playoffs 5 occasions in 21 tries, and their present playoff drought stands at 7 seasons and operating. Regardless of having the draw of Madison Sq. Backyard, thought-about the Mecca of basketball, they nonetheless discover it arduous to attract free brokers.
Kevin Durant explains why Knicks are now not a free agent vacation spot
Showing on the Michael Kay present final 12 months, KD had proven minimal concern concerning the Knicks. Along with lambasting much-maligned proprietor James Dolan, he defined why he didn’t signal with them.
In his assertion he took a large dig on the franchise, by mockingly explaining why free brokers like himself and Kyrie Irving snubbed the Nets final season.
KD on Present: “The cool factor proper now will not be the Knicks.”
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His full assertion about his choice to not signal with them is as follows:
“Followers count on gamers to affix the Knicks due to their model however gamers have grown up watching the Knicks suck they usually aren’t cool anymore.”
The Knicks made main strikes to safe cap area to signal two max gamers within the 2018-19 season. They dealt Kristaps Porzingis away to the Mavs, they usually saved their choices open by not signing any large males in seasons earlier than that.
Nonetheless, no one from the loaded free agent class of 2019, which included Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, gave them even an interview.
Whereas Durant and Irving signed with the Nets, Kawhi went again to his hometown Los Angeles with the Clippers. It’ll take some time for them to be related once more within the playoff image.