Kevin Durant decided this past offseason to take his talents to New York, but the former MVP signed with the Nets, not the Knicks. It was a move that signaled a culture change for basketball in the Big Apple.
During the season there were rumors about the Knicks being the favorites to land Durant. He even face questions from the media about it.
The Knicks had the cap space to sign Durant in the summer. However, the perennial All-Star forward opted to join forces with Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn instead.
When asked about New York’s ability to recruit superstars, Durant didn’t hold back the truth.
“A lot of fans look at the Knicks as a brand and expect these young players who, in their lifetime, don’t remember the Knicks being good (to want to sign),” Durant said. “The cool thing right now is not the Knicks.”
Those comments most likely won’t sit well with Knicks fans.
KD keeping it a buck about NY pic.twitter.com/ccInvYmxnC
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 8, 2019
To be fair, the Knicks haven’t made the playoffs since 2013.
Brooklyn hasn’t won championships, but the franchise is trending in the right direction. Last season, the Nets made it to the playoffs with D’Angelo Russell as their top player.
With Durant and Irving on the Nets for the foreseeable future, Brooklyn has become the marquee basketball team in New York.