Hollins: Durant Won't Be A "Lone Ranger" In New York

Kevin Durant might join the Knicks this offseason, Ryan Hollins says, but he's not going without another star

Zach Gelb
February 15, 2019 - 11:01 am

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It remains to be seen where Kevin Durant will play basketball next season, but former NBA player Ryan Hollins believes this is likely Durant’s last run with Golden State. 

“I would say 80/20 – 20 percent that he stays – and maybe a little higher depending on what New York does,” Hollins told Zach Gelb, who was filling in as host of Ferrall on the Bench. “They’ve got to look as attractive as they can as a market. I would assume Kevin Durant may be talking to another star right now saying, ‘Hey, is this something realistic for you to join with me in New York?’”

Even if he isn’t, Durant likely wouldn’t go to New York without another star.

“I guarantee you one thing: he will not be a lone ranger with the Knicks,” Hollins said. “If Golden State can show him, ‘Hey, this is the simplest basketball you’re ever going to play, and you’ve got a chance to go down as the greatest player ever,’ (he might stay). Golden State, the way this season ends up, I think definitely still has a strong advantage. New York, they’re going to have to make it happen. But mark my words: there’s nothing like being a Knick, there’s nothing like being a Laker – there’s nothing like making things happen in a big city.”

Durant, however, can’t make big things happen alone. He would need to join forces with a bonafide top-10 player. 

And no, Zion Williamson is not a top-10 player.

“There’s no rookie that you’re looking at and saying, ‘This is the next LeBron James. This is somebody who can come in and have an immediate impact,’” Hollins said. “Zion has a lot of growing to do. . . . If you’re Kevin Durant, you’re going to New York to win. You’re not going there just to make the playoffs. You’re going there to win. For him, it’s about championships. It’s about winning. New York, they definitely have a shot in this equation.”