NBA Analyst: Knicks Failed, Must Improve Their Brand

Incompetence and losing have made the Knicks an unattractive free-agent destination

July 02, 2019 - 9:07 am
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The New York Knicks hoped to sign Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Instead, they signed Reggie Bullock, Wayne Ellington, Elfrid Payton and Julius Randle.


“The Knicks failed to get their Plan A,” writer Shaun Powell said on Ferrall on the Bench. “They failed to get marquee players in the mix. They didn’t trade Kristaps Porzingis and clear cap space for three young power forwards who have never been All-Stars. That said, I think they probably made the best of a bad situation. They didn’t lock themselves into bad deals. These guys have option years. The Knicks can pivot in another year or two and chase another dreamboat player, but between now and then this franchise has to improve their brand – and their brand has been damaged by so may years of losing and incompetence.”

The Nets, meanwhile, had perhaps the best free-agent day in NBA history, but will the KD/Kyrie experiment work in Brooklyn?

“The best-case scenario,” Powell said, “is Kyrie learned his lessons from his personality in Boston, there’s a different Kyrie in Brooklyn, he doesn’t poison the young players, he shows true leadership, they go to the playoffs this year, he has a dynamic year, he meshes well with that unit, and they lay a foundation for KD. And then KD is pretty much the same player he was with the Warriors. That’s the best-case scenario. That puts Brooklyn right into the title contender mix.”

There is, however, a flip-side. The Nets’ moves, which look great on paper, could blow up in their faces.

“Kyrie’s best years might be behind him, and if he’s got a bad stretch, he (could turn) sour again,” Powell said. “And KD comes back in another year and (he could be) Rudy Gay. That would be a problem.”

Click below to listen to Powell’s interview in its entirety.