New York Knicks: Let’s Settle On The Kevin Durant Hype

Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets

Coming up on 23,000 career points. Two Finals MVPs. Two NBA Championships. An MVP.  Four scoring titles.  A career stat line of 27 points, seven rebounds, and 4 assists per game on .493/.381/.889 shooting.

That’s the resume that Kevin Durant can put in front of NBA front offices this offseason when he becomes a free agent.

He’s Kevin Durant.  And we know who he is.

We also know, as Knicks fans, that there has been an unprecedented amount of smoke surrounding Durant and the New York Knicks.  You’d be hard pressed to find a reputable NBA source that doesn’t think ‘The Slim Reaper’ will be bringing his talents to Fifth Avenue come July.

The New York Knicks are stuck in purgatory waiting for Kevin Durant:

As a lifelong Knicks fan (and a huge Durant fan pre-Golden State), it’s been hard not to get excited and begin dreaming up scenarios as if I were playing MyLeague on NBA 2K.  

Why have us Knicks fans acted so certain that the league’s worst team this season will land the best available free agent?  Well, take it from Ian Begley, the top Knicks beat writer in many minds.  Begley had this gem in an April 26th article discussing the possibilities of the offseason for New York.

It’s easier to find street parking in Manhattan than it is to find an NBA executive, player or coach who doesn’t think Durant is going to sign with the Knicks in July.

A Piece Of Advice

Contrary to what you might be thinking, I’m not writing this article to persuade you that Durant is coming. Quite the opposite. Instead, I’m here to provide a warning.  I’m here to remind every Knicks fan that the basketball gods have never been on our side.  James Dolan is still the owner, and everything can still go terribly wrong.

The more us Knicks fans talk about this Durant move as a certainty, the less likely it is to happen.  And I know it’s hard.  Heck, I’ve written a piece about who the second free agent should be once Durant signs, hopefully.

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But no matter how likely it seems, no matter who is reporting what, until ‘Durantula’ himself signs on the dotted line, nothing is a given.  As a collective fan base, we must show patience.  Lord only knows this fanbase has patience in spades.  Last year, MSG ranked ninth in attendance despite one of the worst teams in franchise history.  We love our Knicks, good or bad.  So let’s quiet down with all the buzz, and all the chatter, and let’s wait to see how it all plays out.

This franchise has not played in a playoff series since 2012-13.  They have won just nine total playoff games since the start of the twenty-first century.  I was born in 2002, and I have seen one playoff series win.  One.  We have all waited years and years for this team to return to prominence.  Let’s wait 60 days for Durant to sign.