Another offseason, another letdown. Remember back in the summer of 2010 when us Knicks fans thought we were getting LeBron James? What a sad day it was when he “took his talents to South Beach”.
We got Amare Stoudemire, though! Albeit on his one good knee. And then, we got Carmelo Anthony! A second-round playoff appearance! And then, it was all over. The brief “success” of the franchise after more than a decade of underperforming was all gone.
We traded Melo to OKC and decided to take a step back. We gave the reigns to Kristaps Porzingis, who as a first time All-Star appeared on the verge of leading us out of purgatory. Enter, a torn ACL. Just when we thought we found our guy, and with a year’s experience would be able to attract free agents, he went down.
Fast forward, and KP no longer wanted to stay with the Knicks. He hadn’t even returned from injury to play a game, but alas, it was as good as done. Following through with his demand, the Knicks traded him to the Dallas Mavericks. While we were confused about the trade, we now had hope. Hope filled with two max-salary spots for a revamped roster.
It was written. Kevin Durant would compete in the finals for a three-peat with the Golden State Warriors. Win and he leaves. Lose and MAYBE he stays. And then, a calf injury.
An injured Stoudemire couldn’t stay on the court. An injured Melo slowed down during his last days with the team. The injury to KP all but sealed his fate. And now, an injury to Durant was poised to disturb the hope of the Knicks franchise.
Injuries! The death of New York Knicks fans!
In the midst of all the “done deal” talks pegging Kyrie Irving and KD to the Knicks, all we could do was hope. Hope that the $70M+ we cleared in cap space would be fruitful.
Yes! They’re coming to NY! But, it will be on the other side of the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg bridges. The Brooklyn Nets have cashed in on the All-NBA player and have sealed “success” for the foreseeable future.
I’m not sure where we go from here Knicks fans. But one thing’s for sure. We must demand changes at MSG. Time and time again we get “names” shoved in our faces, but to no avail. We “clear cap space”, but to no avail.
Next time must be different! Fin…