Knicks playoff ticket prices surge, fans rank 3rd most loyal during pandemic

New York Knicks, Spike Lee

New York Knicks basketball remains the hottest show in town despite the emergence of the Brooklyn Nets as a legitimate title contender this season.

The Knicks have become the league’s Cinderella story this season, defying the Vegas odds (22.5 wins) to advance to the playoffs for the first time in eight years. And not only did they break the long playoff drought, but the Knicks have also clinched a homecourt advantage in the first round with the fourth seed.

They will host the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 on Sunday in what is expected to be a loud and relatively packed Madison Square Garden.

Tickets to the Knicks’ much-awaited playoff return have yet to be released to the general public, but their prices have astronomically gone up in the secondary market.

Stub Hub has Game 1 tickets being resold for as low as $356 in the nosebleed section to as high as $31,500 in the VIP courtside row. Meanwhile, tickets to the Nets’ Game 1 are listed for as low $162 to as high as $2,761 in the middle section of the Barclays Center. No VIP seats and suites were posted as of press time.

At TickPick, Knicks’ tickets are priced from as low as $513 to as high as $7,475 at the courtside section behind the VIP row. The Nets’ game tickets go for as low as $178 to as high as $40,250 in the lower level suite.

Season ticket holders got the first access to the tickets on Tuesday. Deposit holders are next in the pecking order, and whatever is left will be open to the public beginning Wednesday, according to a MSG source.

Team governor James Dolan said the Knicks are eyeing to have more than 50 percent of the Madison Square Garden’s seating capacity for the playoffs. Dolan made the announcement during New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s press briefing on Monday.

“I know it’s been a long time. Believe me, I know it’s been a long time. People tell me every day. But we’re back. We’re in the playoffs,” Dolan said.

“For Knicks home playoff games, we’re shooting to have more than 13,000 fans at the Garden. The majority of whom will be sitting in vaccinated sections shoulder-to-shoulder.”

Fans in the vaccinated section will not be required to wear their mask.

Unvaccinated fans will have to wear a mask and be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test.

Dolan urged fans to get their COVID-19 vaccines to ramp up their return, especially if the Knicks advance past the Hawks.

“Go today and get your vaccination so that when these shows come, when the Knicks make it to the second round — Oh, I hope — you can come, and we’ll have a seat for you,” Dolan beamed with excitement.

“Any of you who know about basketball know about the concept of the 6th man and the homecourt. We’ve been missing our 6th man, and we’ve done as well we’ve done without our 6th man. But we’re getting our 6th man back for the playoffs, so we’re going to be even better,” Dolan added.

Only 1,981 fans have been allowed to every Knicks’ home game since February.

Dolan was appreciative of the Knicks fans he credited for helping the team’s major turnaround this season.

The enigmatic Knicks governor, who had his shares of a public spat with fans in the past, has made himself scarce until Monday. To his credit, he has done a remarkable job staying out of trouble. His recent moves — hiring Leon Rose and signing off Tom Thibodeau as head coach — have been lauded around the league and dramatically changed the Knicks’ narrative. Rose and Thibodeau have established a culture that could attract stars soon.

“Our fans have been extremely loyal and have helped drive the team’s success,” Dolan said.

Many Knicks’ fans have remained loyal despite the string of bad luck in the last seven years. Those who stayed are now reaping their rewards.

According to a recent survey, the Knicks have lost 15.6 percent of their fans during the pandemic. But the fan fallout is ranked among the lowest around the league.

Only Chicago and Detroit fans have ranked ahead of New York fans. Unfortunately, both the Bulls and Pistons fanbases have endured another losing season.

A survey conducted by TickPick.com has found out that the New York Knicks fans are among the most loyal fan bases in the NBA.

The survey conducted by TickPick last March also had the Memphis Grizzlies turning off 36.1 percent of their fans, the most in the league.

With the NBA and all other sports shutting down last year, the study also found out that 82 percent of people felt lost without sports in their lives. Only 20 percent or just 1 in 5 fans have lost interest in sports amid the pandemic.

Most of the Knicks fans, though, never wavered and kept their faith. And with the team’s resurgence, it’s just a matter of time before those 15.6 percent will come back to the fold if that hasn’t started yet.

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Report: Chris Paul trade offer on Knicks’ table; Bobby Marks believes he’s not a ‘salary dump’

New York Knicks, chris paul

Chris Paul and the New York Knicks have been linked to each other ever since James Dolan hired the Oklahoma City All-Star guard’s former agent at Creative Artists Agency, Leon Rose, as his new team president.

The rumor mill heated up on Monday when Jonathan Macri of the Knicks Film School reported that the 35-year old Paul prefers to wind up his career either in New York or Los Angeles.

“I’ve been told by a league source that Chris Paul prefers his next basketball home to be either in LA or NY (Los Angeles is where he resides full time) and that has created some modicum of leverage in the ongoing negotiations between the sides. I’m also told that there is a deal on the table that is comfortable from Sam Presti’s perspective, and the ball is in Leon Rose’s court,” Macri wrote in his newsletter.

The Thunder is believed to have been shopping Paul since he was acquired from the Houston Rockets a year ago in the Russell Westbrook trade. But league executives thought, at that time, that Paul’s massive contract had been the biggest stumbling block in negotiations.

Even the Knicks reportedly turned down a Houston Rockets’ offer centering on Paul before he was shipped to the Thunder. The Knicks’ stance has since changed upon Rose’s arrival.

Paul is owed $85 million over the next two years — $41 million next season (almost 38 percent of the salary cap if it stays flatly at $109 million) and has a $44 million player option the following year.

The Knicks are one of the only four teams with massive cap space to absorb such a contract.

The Thunder are motivated to unload Paul’s contract after they had the third-highest payroll in the league last season. They have recently parted ways with long-time coach Billy Donovan signaling a rebuilding will soon hit the ground running in Oklahoma.

Ian Begley of SNY earlier reported that the Knicks are willing to absorb undesirable contracts to acquire an asset. Still, Paul, despite his age and massive salary, doesn’t belong in that category, according to ESPN’s Front Office Insider Bobby Marks.

The former Brooklyn Nets assistant general manager-turned NBA insider believes the Knicks won’t acquire extra assets if they trade for Paul.

“I see teams having to give up something of value,” Marks told Empire Sports Media. “He’s not a salary dump.”

Presti is banking on Paul’s solid showing last season as leverage in the negotiation table.

Paul led the Thunder to the first round of the playoffs, pushing the Rockets to seven games. The 10-time NBA All-Star averaged 17.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 6.7 assists per game in 70 games, the most he’s played in a season since 2015-16.

Early in September, a rumored trade involving the Knicks’ young players and future picks has been lined up according to Heavy.com’s Scoop B.

 

Rose and his front office have to think hard about how much they are willing to pay to acquire an All-Star who is about to enter the tail end of his career.

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Could New York Knick Fans Derail The Current Front Office And Head Coach Alignment?

New York Knicks, James Dolan

The New York Knicks been probing the National Basketball Association for a head coach for roughly two decades. Even though the hiring of Tom Thibodeau dragged for seven weeks, the franchise been running through head coaches and assistant coaches since the resignation of Jeff Van Gundy nineteen games into the 2001-02 NBA season.

Current Knick President Leon Rose was a former agent with Creative Artists Agency, and Tom Thibodeau was one of his clients. Leon Rose hired long time acquaintance William Wesley as the Executive Vice President. William Wesley, also known as “World Wide Wes”, was called a goodwill ambassador by John Calipari in regards to the University of Kentucky’s basketball program.

William Wesley was a well-connected consultant for Creative Artists Agency before being hired as an executive for the Knicks. With all the strong connections between the front office and the head coach, could Knick fans derail this current front office and head coach alignment?

There’s an old saying that states “pressure busts pipes”. When the Knicks are losing, Madison Square Garden becomes a microwave to certain players who melt under MSG’s bright lights in the presence of displeased die-hard fans who spent their hard-earned money on a Knicks ticket.

James Dolan has a history of making changes based on negative press and displeasure from the fan base. Growing pains are expected during the process of relevancy, however, it would be in James Dolan’s best interest not to overreact to a few bumps along the way to become a good basketball team.

If Dolan learned anything from the past, one thing that’s crucial is the stability of an organization. A culture of stability can catapult the Knicks from decades of losing into decades of winning. Stabilization of a work atmosphere and franchise will allow the front office to make sound decisions. It will even trickle down to the Knick players on the basketball court in a positive way.

Overall, it’s a great hire by the New York Knicks. Coach Tom Thibodeau is a man who has no time for lack of effort especially on the defensive side of the ball. His prior head coaching tenures didn’t work partially due to lack of cohesion with prior front offices.

It appears now that Thibodeau, Leon Rose, and William Wesley are on the same page. Turnover is going to happen as it always does with a new president. However, the Knick front office and head coach seems to have some remanence of stability. New York Knick fans have every right to be optimistic about the direction of the franchise under the new regime.

James Dolan Does Not Represent New York

New York Knicks, James Dolan

The New York Knicks and New York Rangers owner and the CEO of the legendary Madison Garden James Dolan has always been controversial. Making boneheaded decisions with icons and fans like Charley Oakley and Spike Lee, ruining ties with star players like Kristaps Porzingis, and failures to provide a title from either team since the 90s. This is already enough to say “Wow he is a horrible owner” but that’s not even the end of it. Hiring sexual assaulter Isiah Thomas as a coach, making horrible front office decisions, and the Knicks not winning more than 37.8% of their games in a season since 2013-2014 are also more than disgusting acts as an owner, and his incompetence is well documented. Where I draw the line?

When the entire country is in the midst of a movement to end the killings of innocent African American lives and you don’t even feel as if you should use your power as a wealthy powerful white man to at least make a statement.

In a letter by James Dolan released internally was quoted to say “As companies in the business of sports and entertainment, however, we are not any more qualified than anyone else to offer our opinion on social matters. What’s important is how we operate”. This to me is understandable if the Knicks and Rangers or MSG had actually made significant actions in order to support the movement in getting justice for George Floyd.

The issue is that they haven’t, and they’re the only team other than the Spurs to not release a statement, but unlike the Knicks, the Spurs’ legendary HOF-worthy coach Gregg Popovich made a statement about this situation and is part of a committee of coaches that involve former Knicks coach David Fizdale that will help local leaders and communities with this issue. I’m not only as a New Yorker and person of color disgusted and dumbfounded by Dolan’s refusal to use his platform to aid this cause but utterly baffled.

I do not believe forcing people into political activism is a good thing, even for a great cause because we each should have individual liberties. That doesn’t mean if you see the city and state you have such influence in trying to fight against injustice that you just sit there and refuse to do anything. You have players on the Knicks reportedly outraged, you have other owners releasing statements and having people aware, and all you have done is say you’re not “qualified” to have opinions on this matter. If you’re not “qualified” to have opinions on one of the most pivotal moments in American history, then you’re not qualified to own a team in New York.

As New Yorkers and as a content creator with a platform, unlike Dolan, I’d like to use this platform to advocate for those who are protesting and condemn the minority that are destroying things for personal gain. I’d also like to provide links for a GoFundMe for David McAtee’s family, as he was an African American man wrongly killed by police during the protests, a GoFundMe for George Floyd’s family, a man killed by disgusting men who abused their power as cops, and a link to a Change.Org petition get the degree of murder on the man who killed George Floyd raised.

As New Yorkers or Americans (for all my non-NY readers), let’s make the change we want to see in our country, unlike James Dolan, even if we don’t have the money or power he does. While all lives do equally matter to me, right now black ones are at risk due to these killings. Let’s make sure we do everything we can to help African Americans feel like they know their lives and their voices matter and are heard.

New York Rangers/Knicks Owner Offers Further Explanation for Silence

New York Rangers and Knicks owner James Dolan sent out a second email on Tuesday hoping to clarify the email that he sent to employees on Monday. In a copy of the email obtained by SNY, Dolan appeared to try to explain his first email, that had confused many employees of the Knicks, who are just one of two NBA teams, as well as the being just one of two NHL teams, to not to issue a formal statement on George Floyd’s death at the hands of police in Minneapolis.

During the second email, Dolan made his feelings about racism clearer. “So let me be clear. We vehemently condemn and reject racism against anyone, period,’’ Dolan wrote and then added, “Racism is born of ignorance.’’

The second memo was sent as the first was met with confusion and anger by Knicks employees and prompted a virtual meeting by some employees on Tuesday morning. The Knicks’ Instagram account did put up a post in support of Blackout Tuesday.

Also In the second email, Dolan reiterated that MSG has built an “environment of inclusion and mutual respect.” The implication was that MSG’s strong value system serves better than any public statement about injustice or police brutality.

It was reported that some players, especially on the Knicks, were “furious” that no statement has been made by ownership, according to ESPN’s Pablo Torre. That also helped prompt the second email.

What has compounded the issue for all parties involved with Dolan, their New York sports counterparts have all responded to the civil unrest. The Brooklyn Nets did address what was happening right outside their front door at Barclays Center. The New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils also issued statements supporting the need to address racial inequality.

The second memo may have come too late for damage control, as Dolan waited a full day to respond while taking a great deal of criticism in the news and on social media.

 

 

The New York Rangers silence on George Floyd due to decision by James Dolan

New York Knicks, James Dolan

In the city that never sleeps, the New York Rangers organization has been silent on the George Floyd death and the protests going on all across the country. An email by executive chairman and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company and executive chairman of MSG Networks James Dolan gives fans the reason why.

A Twitter post by Pablo S. Torre on Monday night added some light to the reason why the Rangers are one of the few NHL teams to make any statements about Floyd’s death.

In his post, Torre acknowledged that he received a copy of an email Dolan sent to MSG employees explaining why the organization has stayed silent. I also have confirmed from an MSG employee of the email and its legitimacy.  The highlights of his email centered around,

“We are not any more qualified than anyone else to offer our opinion on social matters. What’s important is how we operate. Our companies are committed to upholding our values, which include creating a respectful workplace for all, and that will never change.”

The email doesn’t give a specific reason why the organization decided not to make any public statements while other NHL teams have done so.

The Rangers have one African-American player in their organization, 2018 first-round pick K’Andre Miller.  He himself was a victim of racism after he signed his entry-level contract with the team. Miller was participating in a live Zoom interview when the site was hacked with racist slurs visible on the live chat feed by everyone including Miller.

Earlier on Monday, Miller released a statement about the Floyd murder and his personal attack he suffered in that virtual interview and throughout his young career.

The New York Knicks players were also reportedly furious that a statement was not released by MSG and Dolan. The email bears the question, How can one of the biggest cities in the country, who have had their share of racism over the years, simply ignore this tragedy?

The New York Knicks Need a New Savior…Again

Mike Miller, Frank Ntilikina

The New York Knicks hit the reset button…again. In a move that continues the pattern of ineptitude that this organization has displayed over the past 20 years, the Knicks relieved team president, Steve Mills, of his duties, leaving yet another void at the top of the organization.

The Same Old New York Knicks

Mills’ tenure was filled with shortcomings and failures. His inability to build a sustainable winner became more evident by the day. Reports suggest that there was discord between Mills and general manager Scott Perry on how to approach tomorrow’s trade deadline. While Perry is in favor of asset acquisition, Mills’ strategy was sloppy. Perry was in favor of trading the valuable pieces the Knicks currently have, like Marcus Morris, for future assets. This is a logical strategy for a team in the Knicks position. However, Mills wanted to keep Marcus Morris and re-sign him this summer. If Mills were good at his job, he’d recognize that the two are not mutually exclusive. There’s nothing that prevents the Knicks from trading Morris for future assets AND re-signing him this summer. Thankfully, the front office found a way to get it done.

Mills was also interested in trading for Warriors guard D’Angelo Russell. This was another flawed idea given the fact that the Knicks could have signed Russell this past offseason. Instead, Mills reportedly offered young assets to acquire Russell. The rumored deal would have sent Frank Ntilikina, Kevin Knox, Bobby Portis, Allonzo Trier, and a 2nd round pick to Golden State for Russell. All four of the players the Knicks would have traded are 25 or younger. It is counterproductive to trade young talent during a rebuild. This was yet another example of Mills’ ineptitude.

It’s Still Dolan’s Knicks

Most general managers would likely agree with Perry’s assessment of the team and his strategy heading into the trade deadline. That was a positive sign for Knicks fans to know that Perry at least has a clue. The same could not be said for Mills, who was meddling and preventing interim head coach Mike Miller from using his rotations. Perry will have a lot of work to do in a short period. The rest of this season will be an audition for Perry to keep his job. The likelihood of that is small, given James Dolan’s track record.

Dolan tends to crumble the paper after writing his name. He is notorious for keeping his front office executives and coaches on a very short leash. Over his 20 year tenure as the Knicks owner, Dolan has always opted for the quick fix rather than the proper rebuild. He has told the fanbase that he is not involved in basketball operations and yet he continues to be at the forefront of the Knicks problems. Where Dolan goes from here will make or break this organization going forward.

Who Can Fix The Knicks?

Masai Ujiri, Sam Presti, and Kenny Smith were all been named as potential candidates to take over as president. However, Leon Rose was Dolan’s selection. Both the Warriors and Lakers went that route by hiring Bob Meyers and Rob Pelinka, respectively.

Having James Dolan in charge of picking the next team president was the equivalent of having a 5th grader come up with healthcare reform. Unfortunately, this is the hand we’re dealt with. While Rose has the connections and common sense to approach the rebuild of the team with care, it’s yet to be seen if he can turn this team around after years of disgrace.

New York Knicks head coach, Fizdale, to be the ‘fall guy’

The New York Knicks will be looking for a new head coach sooner rather than later.  After Sunday’s blowout loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team president and general manager hinted at a coaching change.

This comes to no surprise considering the Knicks are 2-8 and not playing to their potential.  The entire roster has new players that should make the team competitive.  The Knicks have shown glimpses of what they’re capable of but the bad outweigh the good in this scenario.

David Fizdale is being held responsible for this disaster start of the season.  His decisions throughout the first 10 games have fans scratching their heads. Fizdale has untimely substitutions that ruin the flow of the game and inconsistent lineups.  Their defense is atrocious and they are constantly out-rebounded.

There seems to be no fire or energy with this Knicks team.  Coach Fizdale had more energy when the team won 17-games as compared to this season.

Marcus Morris said that Fizdale puts them in the right position to win.  Maybe lose is more like it.  It doesn’t seem like those comments hold true with how this team is playing.

Someone needs to be the scapegoat for this terrible start.  Unfortunately, Fizdale is going to be it.

The New York Knicks need to change something quick.  There is no excuse for how they’ve been playing with their talent.  It’s the coaches job to get the players up for the games and make necessary changes when things aren’t going the right way.  In this case, a coaching change could be wants needed.

With Fizdale coaching every minute for his job now, expect to see a little more fire in him.  He will try to correct the numerous flaws in this team quickly to save his job.

The New York Knicks showed their true colors this free agency period

New York Knicks, RJ Barrett

Whether the New York Knicks were reluctant to pursue Kevin Durant due to his torn Achilles or not, the reality is this — there’s no excuse for striking out on every superstar.

New York is supposed to be an attractive and appealing place for big-time players looking to further establish themselves in history. Taking over a team and organization and making it something of their own, but ownership seems to be too involved.

James Dolan, the owner of the Knicks and CEO of Madison Square Garden, is the perennial problem that Knicks fans face every year. Passing on one of the best players of all time because of an injury is simply blasphemous, especially when you consider the value he would bring to RJ Barrett and the other young talents collectively learning on the roster.

Dolan did a disservice to every single fan and player by not attempting to bring in Durant, instead, he snatched Julius Randle, Taj Gibson, Wayne Ellington, Bobby Portis, and Reggie Bullock. Second and third-tier players that will help the Knicks to another losing season and hopefully another lottery pick at this point.

The New York Knicks are in purgatory:

Without the likes of a max-contract player, the current team is nowhere close to being a legitimate competitor. It seems, however, that Knicks management, aka Dolan, was resistant when it came to putting their money where their mouth is. Passing on Durant, not even having an interview with Kawhi Leonard, losing Kyrie Irving to the Brooklyn Nets before free agency even opened…

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The current state of the team and front office is in shambles, in fact, they’re an embarrassment to the basketball world and a consistent let-down to the fan-base. There’s reason to riot against the powers above that simply don’t understand the concept of winning and the influence of New York.

It makes you appreciate the influence and attempt by Carmelo Anthony. He was the only player that even dared to drag the Knicks out of the ashes. Clearly, no other superstar is even willing to tread foot in a place that seems to end careers before they start. Making Dolan obsolete seems to be the only way out of this dark age, but there’s no end in sight.

We just have to pray consistent losing and high draft picks fixes the issues that have plagued the organization for years.

New York Knicks: Re-Capping the First Night of Free Agency

New York Knicks sign Julius Randle.

During last night’s eventful start to free agency, especially for the lowly New York Knicks, I was reminded of a quote by former Notre Dame football head coach Lou Holtz. Holtz, speaking about his school, said: “Those who know Notre Dame, no explanation is necessary. Those who don’t, no explanation will suffice.”

I think this quote applies really well to Knicks fans.  I tried in vain to sift through my messages, most of them quips from friends whose agenda was simply to make me miserable or incredulous asks of “why?” 

For those who know James Dolan, ergo Knicks fans, no explanation is necessary. ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Dolan withheld the maximum amount of money for Kevin Durant. That’s right, Dolan had the audacity to not give Kevin Durant his money. Torn Achilles or not, he’s Kevin Durant, and he’s so much better than anyone else on the Knicks that it is laughable.

Those who don’t know the Knicks, i.e. the outside world, no explanation will suffice. For all the friends who texted, snapchatted, or direct messaged you all last night, I’m sure it seemed impossible to explain that this is who Dolan is, and this what being a Knicks fan is like. Even after a fairly smart signing later on, the jokes came left and right on Twitter.

 

 

 

But when an opportunity to pile on Knicks fans arises, no doubt everyone on Twitter and in the workplace and in the streets will do anything possible to take advantage. This simply comes with the territory as Knicks fans.

Welcome, Julius Randle

Lost in the madness of free agency was a very solid pivot by Perry and Mills in Julius Randle. There had long been mutual interest here, and the Knicks ultimately gave Randle a three year deal for 63 million dollars with a team option for the third year. 

Randle, 24, is coming off a career year in which he averaged 21.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game, while shooting 52 percent from the field, 34 percent from three, and 73 percent from the free throw line.

He’s a very intriguing fit on this Knicks roster, as he slides into the starting power forward position with ease, and is a nice complement to Mitchell Robinson. He is a player who has improved almost every year and will get ample opportunity in New York to prove he has the goods.

Offensively, Randle is extremely impressive. He can score from all three levels and is relatively efficient while doing it. He plays a throwback style in which he tries to bully his way to the rim, and he has shown flashes of being an above average playmaker. Randle had the seventh-best true shooting percentage of players who scored over 20 points per game last year (Michael Nania on Twitter). 

Defensively, though, Randle is underwhelming. He lacks the requisite effort, and despite solid athletic measurables, he has little to no defensive impact. His defensive box plus/minus was below league average at -0.4, and his defensive win shares (1.9) is average. He has all the defensive potential in the world but has not proven his worth.

And Goodbye, Kevin Durant

With the announcement that Kevin Durant is signing with the Brooklyn Nets and the subsequent report that Dolan did not offer the max, many Knicks fans (myself included) felt sick to their stomach. After a year in which every media report said that Durant was sure to come to the Knicks and that it was a “done deal,” the realization that KD will be playing across the bridge is a tough one to swallow.

However, I think we as Knicks fans can take solace in the fact that signing Kevin Durant is a huge risk, as he has a torn Achilles and that there is no guarantee that he will ever be his former self. Sure, his star power would have been exciting, but the track record for players who tear their Achilles is not very good. 

Durant may well be just as good as he was, and Brooklyn may well win a championship with KD and Kyrie Irving. But the Knicks are building a young team, and they added a good player in Julius Randle. If they can win some games next season and develop their young players, there could be success down the road. 

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Re-visiting the Kristaps Porzingis Trade

Finally, the Porzingis trade. A common topic of humor for media members and fans of opposing teams Sunday night was mocking the Knicks for trading Porzingis, only to sign Julius Randle in the offseason. 

First off, they did not trade Porzingis just to get max cap space. Yes, it was a factor. Maybe even the biggest factor. But Porzingis is a seven-foot-three player who currently has an accusation of rape against him. Also, he didn’t want to play in New York. I’m perfectly okay clearing bad contracts and acquiring Dennis Smith Jr. and two future first rounders.

Secondly, even if the primary objective was to clear space, the Knicks had no way to know that Kevin Durant would tear his Achilles. By all accounts, had Durant not torn his Achilles, he’d be a Knick. I’m not going to penalize Perry for a freak injury.

The trade was fine, and it gave the Knicks the opportunity to get a fresh start, something they badly needed. Now, Frank Ntilikina is the longest-tenured player, and he and Dameyean Dotson remain the only mainstays from the Phil Jackson era.

While the Knicks will certainly not be contending for the title anytime soon, I would argue that the future looks pretty bright. Smith Jr., RJ Barrett, Kevin Knox, Randle, Mitchell Robinson, Ntilikina, Dotson, Allonzo Trier, Iggy Bradzeikis, six first-round picks over the next four years, and 41 million in cap space. Not too shabby if you ask me. 

There are about ten (and maybe this is way low-balling it) days a year where it REALLY sucks to be a Knicks fan. Sunday was certainly one of those days. But while the whole world makes fun of us, let’s put our heads down, rally around this young team, and hope for the best. Godspeed.