The days are gone that superstars would avoid theÂ New York Knicks like a plague.
Thatâ€™s how Magic Johnson views the current Knicks situation following a surprising turnaround this season.
Appearing as a guest on Keyshawn, JWill & Zubin radio show, Johnson said the Knicks have become a viable destination.
â€œSuperstars are gonna want to play here now (in New York),â€ Johnson said.
The former Lakers executive explained how players think and play out a possible scenario.
â€œI think because they made the run and got to the playoffs. And the city is alive about the Knicks, right? I think guys are now looking at and say, â€˜Hey man, if I put myself in that lineup with Julius (Randle), (Immanuel) Quickley, (RJ) Barrett and on, and on. Hey, man, we could do something special.â€™ Because thatâ€™s what guys wanna see,â€ Johnson said.
â€œIf I put my talent with those guys, can we make a run for the championship? And that guy will talk to another guy and thatâ€™s how itâ€™s gonna get started. And Julius Randle, I think guys would want to play with him because he plays hard, heâ€™s a team player. Heâ€™s tough and rough,â€ he added.
Johnson said heâ€™s glad that he had a hand in Randleâ€™s development with the Lakers.
Randle, who left Los Angeles for New Orleans when LeBron James took his talent to Hollywood, finally found a home in New York. His hard work paid off with his first All-Star appearance, a spot in the All-NBA Second Team, and the Most Improved Player award on top of leading the Knicks to the first round of the playoffs.
While the Knicks, under former super-agent turned league executive Leon Rose, have finally found stability, the rest of the league is in a state of flux.
Some of the leagueâ€™s stars enter the summer with their future in question.
Damian Lillard openly aired his frustrations in Portland following another first-round exit. Washingtonâ€™s Bradley Beal has one year left in his extension with a new coach coming in. Luka Doncic just lost the executive who handed him the keys to the Mavericksâ€™ franchise. Zion Williamson will be having his third coach in three seasons in New Orleansâ€™ small market. Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers are reeling from a second-round upset, in large part, due to Ben Simmonâ€™s broken jumper.
Seven teams are searching for a new coach. Established superstars fell one by one in the first two rounds, failing to survive the pandemic-condensed season. Thereâ€™s a new order in the league. There will be a new champion this season.
Then thereâ€™s the Summer Olympics in Tokyo which could become another breeding ground for a future super team.
For the first time in decades, the Knicks have more to offer than just money and the bright lights of Broadway. They finally have a culture and a young playoff core to pair with their large cap space of more than $50 million.
Magic Johnson always tweets the obvious as a reaction to whatâ€™s happening around the league. This time, heâ€™s manifesting the obvious direction of the Knicksâ€™ franchise.
Thereâ€™s a perfect storm waiting to happen in New York.
Can the Knicks capitalize?
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