Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant is adding some spice to the Nets/Knicks NYC rivalry.
In an interview with Hot 97 New York on Tuesday (October 8th), Durant talked about why he chose the Nets, and the Knicks’ relevance with young players in the league.
"I think a lot of fans look at the Knicks as a brand and expect these younger players in their lifetime don't remember the Knicks being good. I've seen the Knicks in the Finals, but kids coming up after me didn't see that. So that whole brand of the Knicks is not as cool as let's say the Golden State Warriors, or even the Lakers or the Nets now. You know what I'm saying? The cool thing now is not the Knicks.”
KD isn’t wrong.
The Knicks have been to the NBA Finals twice in Durant’s lifetime. In 1994 when he was six years old and in 1999 when he was 11. That’s not a lot of memories for players of his generation.
All the players younger than Durant who will be free agents have never seen this franchise be successful. All they have to go on is how players like Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis have been treated by the organization.
Last season when Durant was a member of the Golden State Warriors, the chatter was about him signing in New York with the Knicks during free agency. It was being reported by several media outlets as a done deal.
Something he denied then and now says was never a serious consideration.
"I thought about it, yeah, just a thought. But I didn't really do any full analysis on the Knicks.”
Still, Durant’s comments have already made the rounds and will be a topic on every sports talk show for the next few days.
Last night the Knicks’ Marcus Morris was ejected from a pre-season game and said the team won’t back down from anyone. Durant’s comments have certainly made their way to the Knicks' locker room.
These two teams play their first of four regular season match-ups in the first week of the season, Friday, October 25th, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Durant is expected to miss the entire season as he rehabs his surgically repaired Achilles tendon.
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