New York Knicks: The Kevin Durant Plus-One Rankings

Kevin Durant never wanted to go to the New York Knick.

New York Knicks fans, we have finally, mercifully, made it. The season is over, the pain has ceased. The team can’t lose a game until at least October. Now it’s time for the period of speculation, which will really get going depending on where the ping pong balls fall on lottery night May 14th.

With free agency beginning on July 1, the Knicks have been pegged as the likely destination for current Golden State Warriors small forward Kevin Durant. According to Frank Isola of The Athletic, league executives are convinced that it’s happening.

“So sure are some executives and player agents of a Durant-Irving pairing in New York that one agent told The Athletic that Durant and Irving are debating on who will sign first. Why is that important? The player that is signed second is viewed as the follower, not the leader.”

Now, just as a disclaimer. I am in no way acting as if this is done and that Durant is 100% coming here. However, under the assumption that he is, I wanted to take a look at the potential running mates he could bring along because the Knicks have two max slots and there are several other stars out there.

With that in mind, I’ll look at the following free agents-to-be as it pertains to fit with Durant, fit on the Knicks, cost, age, talent, etc: Jimmy Butler, DeMarcus Cousins, Kemba Walker, Khris Middleton, and Kyrie Irving. I present…the Kevin Durant Plus-One Rankings.


 

  • Jimmy Butler, SF, Philadelphia 76ers (30 years old, 6-8, 232)

 

Butler is an uber-talented, two-way player who has worked his way up throughout a stellar career. He has been known to be a locker room problem, as he attempted (successfully) to force his way out of Chicago and then Minnesota. Once he was dealt to the 76ers this season his production decreased, as he was playing on a much better team. However, he finished this season averaging 18.7 points, 5.3 total rebounds, 4.0 assists, with a line of .462/.347.855.

He’d slide in at the two, in between Durant and Dennis Smith Jr. While Butler is mostly an isolation player, he can shoot the ball when necessary, and he’d add a nice defensive presence. On paper, this would make sense. However, when you consider Butler’s reputation as a bad locker room guy, and then realize that you would be paying a thirty year old with a lot of wear and tear over $32 million per year, it becomes tricky. While Butler is a very solid basketball player, he’s a better fit on a team like Brooklyn where he can be the man.

Durant Plus-One Rating: 4/10

 

 

  • DeMarcus Cousins, C, Golden State Warriors (29 years old, 6-11, 270)

 

DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins is an interesting player. He tore his Achilles in 2018 while playing for the Pelicans, and then was unable to get a deal, so basically got mad and called the Warriors, essentially agreeing to sign for way less than he was worth in order to get a ring. Before his injury, he was averaging over 25 points and 12 rebounds a night, one of the three best centers in the Association.

Over the past year, he’s recovered from the injury and is slowly working himself back into form, to the tune of 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game on .480/.274/.736 shooting. He clearly isn’t his former self, and who knows if he ever will be. On the Knicks, he could form a devastating frontcourt along with Durant and Mitchell Robinson. Cousins is also already Durant’s teammate, so there might be some rapport there already. Boogie’s passing and shooting are really valuable qualities for a big and he could open up David Fizdale’s offense. Plus, he’d cost less than some other players because of the injury. However, he’d likely only accept a short-term deal, and there is uncertainty around his injury. Will he ever become a top-notch player again? It remains to be seen, and that’s why the Knicks cannot afford to take this risk.

DPO Rating: 5.5/10

 

 

  • Kemba Walker, G, Charlotte Hornets (29 years old, 6-1, 184)

 

 

Oh yeah. This is the one folks. Kemba has been an underrated player for years but finally broke out fully this year, establishing himself as elite. Despite a lackluster supporting cast in Charlotte, Walker nearly willed his team to the playoffs, averaging 25.6 points, 4.4 total rebounds, and 5.9 assists a night with a line of .434/.356/.844. He was absolutely electric and has cemented himself as a top-20 player in the league.

Walker would be an excellent fit next to Durant, where he would function as the primary ball-handler and creator, running the offense and scoring when needed. He and Durant would be a tough matchup to deal with, as both can get their shot from anywhere on the floor. Plus, Walker is from New York, and who could forget the way he lit up the Garden during his time at UCONN?

DPO Rating: 9.5/10

 

 

  • Khris Middleton, SG, Milwaukee Bucks (28 years old, 6-8, 222)

 

Some may laugh at this one, but Middleton is an All-Star and provides three things that the Knicks currently lack: defense, shooting, and length. Middleton was an All-Star for the first time in his career this year and did so by averaging 18.3 points, 6 total rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game this year on .441/.378/.837 shooting.

While Middleton isn’t a flashy player, and is not worth the max, he is very consistent and can be a valuable asset to a team looking for shooting and defense. If the Knicks could get him for less than $25 million per year, I think it would be a solid signing,

DPO Rating: 6.5/10

 

 

  • Kyrie Irving, G, Boston Celtics (27 years old, 6-3, 197)

I specifically saved Irving for last, because he is the most controversial, and he’s also the player on this list that I think is most likely to end up teaming up with Durant in Gotham. He is by far the most talented player in consideration, and he has a championship pedigree, but as I outlined here, there are some problems. Irving has had a number of knee surgeries and has also shown a tendency to call out younger teammates publicly, which is especially concerning considering many of the Knicks that are expected to contribute next season are younger players.

Sure, Irving averaged 23.8 points, 5 total rebounds, and 6.9 assists a game on .487/.401/.873 shooting this year. He’s incredibly talented and would be a great fit alongside Durant on the court. It’s hard to bypass a guy with this amount of offensive skill in favor of someone like a Kemba Walker, but injury history, leadership, and personality have to be factors when deciding who to give a contract worth over $30 million a year to.

DPO Rating: 8/10


I very much look forward to this summer, with both the draft and free agency looming, Who do you guys think I left out? How would you rank these players in terms of DPO? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @aidankunst. New York Forever.

 

 

 

 

Can The New York Knicks Change Kevin Durant?

Are the New York Knicks in a good spot to land Kevin Durant?

A lot of NBA executives say Kevin Durant to the New York Knicks is a lock.  Some may disagree, but for now, we will run with it.

Durant has not been the most charming of NBA stars this off-season.  He appears to have an awful, lackadaisical attitude while trying to get into fights and ejected.

New York, New Attitude?

Durant has been trash talking everyone all season, most notably Patrick Beverly. While watching him and Beverly exchange words, it begs the question, “Do the Knicks really want him?”  Some will say, dumb question.  However, is he being this way just so he can get out of Golden State or is this just who he is now?

Many believe he is acting this way because he is unhappy and wants to leave Golden State.  To be honest, why would you want to leave that situation, on the best team in the league. But, with his “bully-ish” attitude, the thought did cross my mind wondering if the Knicks want that attitude in the Mecca.

Being in the Garden and the Mecca will be able to change Durant and his bad boy attitude.  He will be in a new situation, where it is his team.  He will be absolutely beloved through the city and his “tough guy” attitude will be gone.

Durant will again become the lovable player that he was in Oklahoma City, before he decided to leave, of course.  However, this is all up for speculation.  But, Durant is one hell of an actor if he can flip the switch on his current attitude if he comes to New York.  Durant is currently the villain, but he will be the hero and savor with the Knicks.

New York Knicks Public Service Announcement – Reinforcements are Coming

Could the New York Knicks snag both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

Let the rumors begin for the New York Knicks.  Over the past few days, reports have surfaced indicating that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to the Mecca is “basically a done deal.”  Such rumors have come from unnamed NBA executives.

Yesterday, another report stated that Durant and Irving have been discussing who will sign with the Knicks first.  Do not get me wrong, this is all exciting news.  However, we need to seriously pump the breaks, yet again.

Things have not gone in the Knicks favor in the past few off-seasons for the Knicks, in free agent terms.  I am hear to say that we need to put the excitement on hold.  Because until the ink is put to paper for both Durant and Irving, it is only a rumor.  Nothing is set in stone and all these reports are rumors and speculation until it actually happens.

New York Knicks – The Draft Pick

One of the biggest determinations is going to be the Knicks draft pick.

If the Knicks get the first pick, which will be Zion Williamson, then we can guarantee at least one big name free agent will bring their talents to New York.  If the Knicks do not get the first pick, then it is all up to the basketball Gods.

As for now, we need to take a pause.  Again, all this draft and free agency stuff is unbelievably exciting.  It is by far the biggest off-season the history of the New York Knicks.  It will determine the direction of franchise for the next decade.  So take a breathe Knicks fans and let the chips fall where they may, hopefully in our favor, for once.

 

New York Knicks: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Interested in Buying Knicks

New York Knicks, Charles Oakley

According to, Ex-Knick, Charles Oakley, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has interest in buying the New York Knicks.  Oakley made these claims on The Bill Simmons podcast for The Ringer.

Where did the former New York Knicks player hear this rumor?

Oakley stated that “he heard” there is interest from Bezos in buying the Knicks.  That is all speculation and rumors at least point.  Nothing to get excited about, considering we have been hearing these rumors for years now.

To be honest, Oakley is just trying to stir the pot when it comes to James Dolan and the Knicks.  Not the Knicks themselves as a team, but Dolan.

We all know that Oakley and Dolan have not had the most pleasant relationship.   Dolan had Oakley escorted out from a game and yada-yada-yada.  This feud will be going on until the end of time, there is no ending in sight.

As for the Bezos rumor, Oakley needs to be right on this one.  All Knicks fans should want Bezos to somehow buy the team.  Seeing what he has done with Amazon and making it into an e-commerce juggernaut, why not the Knicks?  They are already the NBA’s most valuable team.  Perfect match.

But to be real, Dolan isn’t selling the team.  We all know that.  The only realistic way Dolan would sell the team if he doubles what the Knicks are worth, an astronomical amount of dough.  It is fun to daydream about these rumors, but that is exactly what they are…rumors.

New York Knicks: Mitchell Robinson has Been a Better Pick Than Kevin Knox

New York Knicks, Mitchell Robinson

The New York Knicks had a great draft in 2018, on paper. The team had a lottery pick and selected Kentucky’s Kevin Knox with the ninth pick. In the second round, the Knicks chose Mitchell Robinson with the 36th pick out of Chalmette High School in Louisiana.

At the beginning of the season, it appeared that Knox was the better pick.  Robinson was battling an ankle injury, but Knox just seemed more fluid.  Robinson did not play competitive basketball in a year while training for the draft.

However, the roles have been reversed.  Robinson appears to be the better pick as Knox struggled mightily in the second half of the season.

How New York Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson has performed:

Everyone knew that Robinson has potential and fans have been given the pleasure of seeing what Robinson is capable of.

Robinson has been killing it on the glass and blocking shots, basically all season.  He capped it off with that 21 rebound game against the Raptors on March 28th.  Robinson has also been shooting 69% from the field for the seaosn.  I know, it has all been alley-oops have buckets around the hoop, but you need a player that can be automatic around the rim.

The potential is there and we see it.  I can only imagine once Robinson continues to bulk up, gain even more confidence and develop under Fizdale.  He can be a serious problem in the East.  He’ll be a much better Clint Capela.

Kevin Knox

Knox started off the season, I mean the summer league looking like the next NBA sensation.  In the summer league, he was playing with confidence and looked unstoppable.  Then, the ankle injured occurred.

The injury seemed to slow his confidence and development. Knox has shown glimpses throughout the rollercoaster season of his potential as well.  He can shoot, needs a lot of work, drive, and jump.  Defense needs a lot of work also.

Knox has had spurts of showing and gaining confidence in his production and then it seemed to tail off.  The main concerned despite his lackadaisical defense is his shooting percentage.

When you look at his stat sheet, it appears that Knox can score points, which rightfully so.  But, when you look at his stat sheet, his field goals and attempts is cringe-worthy.

Knox is only shooting 37% from the field on the season.  I don’t know if it’s just me, but it always seems like Knox shoots 3-12, 6-15 or 8-17 from the field.  That is not the type of production you want out of a lottery pick.  Fizdale needs to do some heavy shooting exercises with Knox on the off-season to boost that confidence.

Both players have a lot of potentials. We have seen it from both, but more so Robinson.  The season has been a downhill rollercoaster for the most part, but most fans can all agree on one thing.  Mitchell Robinson has been the bright spot for the Knicks this season, not Kevin Knox.

What the New York Knicks Should Look For In the Final 15 Games

Believe it or not, the Mets and Yankees are heading up north within the next two weeks, which means basketball season is nearing an end. With the New York Knicks already out of playoff contention, what do they have to play for in the final 15 games?

Well, they have a lot to play for with a big offseason coming.

Nobody on the team likes losing. Nobody. The players play hard day in and day out, they don’t care about tanking to get Zion Williamson, they want to win now, so they can have a job next year, whether it is with the Knicks or another team. If the younger players can scrape together a few a wins through the last stretch of the season, I’m sure the players would be happy with their performance, on the other hand, the front office might be voting against wins.

The New York Knicks are in a good and bad spot for the No. 1 pick:

The Knicks are in prime position to land a top pick in the draft. With the new draft lottery rules, even though the Knicks(or the team with the worst record) will finish last, they only have a 14 percent chance at getting a top pick, and could slide all the way down to fifth. If the Knicks young core pulls out a couple wins, the front office could be upset because it could cost them a chance at Zion, R.J. Barrett, or Ja Morant.

The Knicks also want to finish the season strong to showcase the young talent on the team to potential free agents. If the Knicks can finish strong, while it might mean a slightly lower draft pick, can show potential free agents (Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving) that the Knicks have a young core that has potential to help bring a championship back to New York.

Another important thing the Knicks need to do is see which current players could be back with the team next season. Do players like Mario Hezonja or Emmanuel Mudiay have a future with the team? My guess(and hope) for both those players is no. The Knicks have too many point guards, especially if Irving comes to New York. Another question is if Frank Ntilikina can come back this season and showcase himself to either Scott Perry or another front office for a potential trade.

There is a lot at stake for the Knicks through the final 15 games. It could determine the direction of not only the players but the franchise’s direction.

   

New York Giants: The Truth About An Odell Beckham Jr. Trade

New York Giants, Odell Beckham Jr.

No, I’m not going to break down three different trade destinations New York Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. could end up going at the end of the 2019 free agency period. In fact, I will be breaking down the exact opposite, why potential trades for the esteemed wide-out are all smoke and mirrors.

Good general managers know how to utilize the media to their advantage – pushing specific narratives to cover up their plans and pull teams away from their intended targets. Beckham Jr. is just one of those players that will always show up on your news feed for one reason or the next.

Trading Beckham simply doesn’t make sense, and if you don’t believe me, maybe Gettleman’s quote “we didn’t sign up to trade him,” will convince you of the truth.

The New York Giants aren’t foolish to entertain a potential deal including Odell Beckham Jr.:

If teams are willing to part with significant draft capital to secure a player, why not listen? At the end of the day, the NFL is a business and every player is for sale.

This idea doesn’t imply the Giants are shopping Beckham but rather letting teams come to them with trade details and listening. It’s a harmless method of negotiation. It doesn’t mean they will agree, and laughing the Browns away after a recent offer attests to that.

Trading OBJ away only hurts the team:

Not only would OBJ leaving be detrimental to the offense, but it also would affect the locker room and the continuity of the team. If the Giants were smart, they would utilize the illustrious receiver until he begins to see a decline. It’s all about timing with trades and grabbing the most value from a team that feels they can use talent in the short-term.

Beckham has racked up more than 1,000 yards in four of five seasons, the odd one out is the year he broke his ankle. His catch-rate has hovered around 60%, which is solid for a receiver dealing with Eli Manning and a terrible offensive line. The Giants have made it their mission to improve Manning’s protection in 2019, which should allow them to feed Beckham the ball more efficiently. The QB-WR duo haven’t enjoyed a good offensive line since before Beckham was even in the league, so the season ahead could be his best one yet.

 

Any Other New York Knicks Fans Want To Stop The Gossip?

Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Kyrie Irving

The New York Knicks are putting everything into this upcoming off-season.  It’s starting to get sickening.  Don’t get me wrong, I want the Knicks to turn this nightmare around.  But, the more we talk about getting Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and the number one pick, the farther way it gets.

I don’t like to jinx anything when it comes to sports.  Maybe, it’s the former gambler in myself or it’s just my personality.  But, I’m starting to get a bad feeling that Knicks fans are jinxing the team from getting the stars they covet.

Fans see Irving getting frustrated with his team in Boston.  Durant is always frustrated in Golden State with the media.  Instead of them getting frustrated over their team, media or whomever, maybe they’re sick of being linked to the Knicks everyday.

Same with Zion Williamson.  The Duke superstar was interviewed after a game and a reporter mentioned the New York Knicks, he laughed.  Not the sign Knicks fans we’re hoping for.  Then, he mentioned it be cool to play with Kyrie and Durant.  The main point is he laughed at the Knicks organization.  Knicks fans even laugh at the Knicks.

I just really want all Knicks fans on twitter, websites, everywhere to stop talking about getting all these players this off-season because the more we do the worse it’s going to come back into our faces this off-season when we strike out on literally everyone.  Oh, that also means missing out on the first, second or third pick.  That’s just our luck anymore it seems.

If Knicks fans really want to help the Knicks improve, stop talking about what could be.  Key word ‘could’.  Lets let the chips fall where they may and continue to pray that the basketball gods turn our sad situation around.

R.J. Barrett Should be the New York Knicks Top Draft Choice

The New York Knicks should have a top pick in this upcoming draft, simple. Almost everybody in the basketball world agrees that a player on the Duke Blue Devils roster will be the number one pick in the NBA draft. Most people see that as Zion Williamson, but if I was an NBA General Manager and has the first pick I would pick RJ Barrett.
I had the chance to watch Barrett live Saturday February, 23rd against Syracuse. Zion didn’t play in that game due to his crazy sneaker injury in the previous game. Barrett took over the game, and filled the stat sheet, and crushed me, as a diehard Syracuse basketball fan, my dreams of sweeping Duke in the regular season. Barrett scored 30 points in the game, including multiple daggers that changed the outcome of the game. That game made me realize, that there is a reason Barrett was one spot higher then Zion Williamson in most recruiting rankings.
Can Zion jump out of the gym? Yes
Can Zion fill the seats of any stadium? Yes
Can Zion become a great pro? Probably
But, I think Barrett’s game fits the NBA better. At the end of the day, he’‘ll be the better pro of the two. Zion can get by defenders now in college basketball, but will he be able to get by Anthony Davis and elite NBA players and perform earth shattering dunks? For all he has worked, he’s not a great shooter, and who knows if he will ever be able to improve his shooting. Zion has also had two freak injuries in the past month, a shoe malfunction, and getting poked in the eye. With how Zion plays, there could be questions about durability, and if his body will be able to take all the hits. I, personally, just think there should be more questions about if Zion’s game can translate to the NBA.
Barrett has so much potential, and so much room to grow. He can score in bunches, and is an amazing defender already. Barrett could easily become one of the best wing players in the NBA in his first two year’s in the league.
Both have amazing potential, and an organization would be happy with either of them. But, RJ Barrett makes more sense for the Knicks. Imagine this starting lineup next season.
PG: Kyrie Irving
SG: RJ Barrett
SF: Kevin Knox
PF: Kevin Durant
C: Mitchell Robinson
That’s as good as a starting lineup in the Eastern Conference.
In my opinion, there is more risk picking Zion.  He has a lower ceiling and a lower floor, then RJ Barrett. RJ Barrett is one of the best college basketball players I have ever seen. His game will translate better to the NBA then Zion Williamson.

Stay Woke NY; New York Knicks are not a Circus

The New York Knicks are deemed to be a circus for one reason…because that’s what sells. Can’t blame anyone within the organization without first looking in the mirror. The current state of the New York Knicks culture belongs to the fans and media, alike.

It doesn’t help the situation that every year the Lakers and Knicks valuation (according to Forbes) grows every year, despite the poor quality these two franchises have produced on the court. The Knicks have produced two straight decades of losing. And they lead the NBA in valuations, sitting at $4 Billion, followed by the Lakers at $3.7 Billion. Just for reference, the average value for the thirty franchises is $1.87 Billion. This mostly has to do with the large cable network deals these two franchises have signed. However, these two teams haven’t made the playoffs since the 2012-13 season.

There is a fallacy that the NBA needs the Knicks or Lakers franchises to be successful for the good of the league because these teams are, in fact, not good, yet they are money-making machines. This clearly gets under the skin of NBA fans and national basketball media, as well as the New York media. It forces the attention and energy to be directed everywhere, besides basketball.

Last game highlighted New York’s progress with rookies Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson posting double-doubles in the same game, Mitchell Robinson averaging 2.2 blocks in 18 minutes per game, and newly acquired Dennis Smith Jr. taking command of the offense and dropping 19 points and 13 dimes. There’s also the 2017 second-round pick, Damyean Dotson, who is coming into form and believing in his shot posting 27 points on an efficient 9-17 from the field. Emmanuel Mudiay, who was a low risk gamble taken by Coach Fizdale, has had his share of bright spots when healthy and on the court. The unity in the locker room, the aura of playing for New York in Madison Square Garden, and the snippets of insight about how Coach Fizdale is turning this team into a family, along with the player and money resources, is what will bring success and superstars to this franchise.

Before you start screaming about, ‘how the Knicks are losing at a high clip so we don’t want to focus on the team’, lets take a look at the headlines that have absolutely nothing to do with the New York Knicks, yet somehow you’re led to believe.  This has everything to do with the Knicks disfunction.

Misguided Headlines

-Knicks trade Star for Cap Space. Trade success depends on if Knicks get KD and Kyrie.

Real story: Disgruntled and injured player sends sub-tweets about the Knicks for trading him and hints at disfunction and chaos in the organization. Turns out, the players agent, his brother, were just upset because NY traded him to Dallas, a team not on his alleged “preferred four teams”. The deal brought DeAndre Jordan, mentoring Robinson, Dennis Smith Jr, dynamic and Steve Francis similiarities. This is in addition to clearing cap space and receiving two first round picks. Yet the headlines are Knicks trade star for pipe-dream hope of signing two superstars.

KD’s company moves to NY; KD and Kyrie have lunch, a conversation, a hug, a poem, it doesn’t matter.

Real story: It has nothing to do with the Knicks. In fact, the headline that KD’s company “Thirty Five Ventures” which has 10 employees, is moving to New York is laughable. The company was always in NY, they are just moving to a new office space. Honestly, let’s think about this. The Knicks are sitting at the bottom and looking to attract to two superstars trying to win another championship ring to add to their collection? Think about the last time that worked for anything: a job, a personal relationship… anything. It does not make any sense and is, in fact, completely irrelevant to the current Knicks.

James Dolan is “courting offers” to sell the New York Knicks.

Real Story: He’s not.

Why would anybody sell a franchise (1 of 30 in existence) that has double the valuation of the average franchise (despite the atrocities on the court) and also has never paid $1 in property taxes thanks to the good ol’ New York State legislature. Also, who can afford it?

In addition, Dolan owns the New York Rangers, New York Liberty, and the entire Madison Square Garden company and affiliates. Let’s check in with the Executive Chairman and CEO Jim Dolan after the 2018 finances rolled in.

“We had a solid fiscal 2018, driven by the performance of our bookings business, the Christmas Spectacular and sponsorships. This past year we also took important steps to position the Company for continued growth as we unveiled our plans to build state-of-the-art venues – called MSG Sphere – in Las Vegas and London, and announced the exploration of a potential separation of our entertainment and sports businesses. Looking ahead, we believe that our commitment to delivering premium live experiences for our customers and partners will continue to create long-term value for our shareholders.” – Jim Dolan

  • Does this sound like somebody looking to part ways with his ownership? In my estimation, NBA stars such as Lebron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant have made it their goals to become moguls and have the same platform as teams and ownership. These players have seen it all when it comes to the NBA, and they won’t let an owner come in the way of achieving their goals.

-Recycled articles about two or three players playing video games. GIVE ME A BREAK. The real headline here should be, “Look at these young developing players who are so young that they must resort to video games because they can’t go to a bar.”

Zion Williamson tweaks his knee; Spike Lee screams “we’re trying to tank” at the Oscar Academy Awards.

Real story: These two headlines are irrelevant to the 2018-19 Knicks roster.

It is unfortunate that Zion Williamson tweaked his knee do to a freak shoe accident in the only UNC v. Duke game at Cameron Indoor this season. It’s even more unfortunate that anyone thinks the Knicks should care right now.

Also, shoutout to Samuel L. Jackson. He mentioned the Knicks snapping their 18-game losing streak during the Oscars, viewed in over 200 countries, and Lee for answering with “We’re trying to tank.” This. Is. The. Exact. Problem. With. The. Knicks. Culture. Spike Lee speaks for the Knicks fan base, liked it or not. Lee seemingly acting unhappy after an amazing performance by Smith Jr., Robinson, Dotson, and company to defend the honor of the Garden and finally reel in a home win.  This only fuels the fire of a losing culture in New York.

BREAKING NEWS: THE KNICKS HAVE TANKED!

Stop worrying about the consequences of a clearly needed win. The Knicks have already done it! They have the second worst record in the league and have primed themselves for a bottom-3 record. This comes with a 14% chance at the #1 pick, Zion Williamson. Out of the 22 remaining games this season, there are only 4 games left against teams without playoff aspirations; Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns, and the Chicago Bulls twice.

Knox and Smith Jr. have already questioned the fan base and media for being upset about winning. The focus should be on encouraging young players like Knox, Smith Jr., Robinson, Trier, and Dotson to win games. That’s what will attract the superstars and winning culture, not a stupid lottery.