— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) June 22, 2018
Kevin Knox SZN.
It seems to be tradition for ESPN and every other sports outlet to shit on the New York Knicks. There is a terribly inaccurate narrative that the Knicks are a joke and the worse run franchise and let me be the first one to say that James Dolan is a garbage owner who doesn’t even seem to really like basketball at all but he’s not Donald Sterling straight up discriminating against black people while bringing his black mistress courtside with him and he’s not Mark Cuban running a frat house where every guy sexually harasses every woman that walks into their offices.
The Sacramento Kings haven’t been in the playoffs for 12 straight seasons. The Orlando Magic are in the lottery every single season and have yet to select any competent players but for some reason, the Knicks are sooo much fun to mock.
Kevin Knox was the correct pick to make this year.
First of all, he wants to play for the Knicks. That isn’t the most important thing in the world but let’s not rule out how big of a factor that is. We all like to pretend like these guys are millionaires who should only care about making jump shots and they don’t have lives but they do.
I’ve had my fair share of awful jobs where I hated myself the second I walked into the building. I’ve also had jobs that I genuinely enjoyed and I worked harder there. Kevin Knox wants to be wearing a Knicks jersey and he will 1000% play harder being in a situation that makes him happy.
Let’s talk about the fact that Knox hasn’t even turned 19 yet. Youth is a factor, especially when comparing him to other rookies coming into the league. Mikal Bridges turns 22 in August. The separation between these players isn’t that great right now so in 3 years when Knox is 22 he will be far better than Bridges is at 22 right now.
We should also point out how incredibly unathletic the Knicks were last season. Any player on opposing teams that could actually jump, was a problem for the Knicks. Lance Thomas, Courtney Lee, Enes Kanter aren’t really the prime examples of athleticism. Joakim Noah literally can’t get on the floor because he can’t move on a basketball court.
Michael Porter Jr can’t be labeled as ‘athletic’ when his back is in pieces right now. The Knicks had Michael Porter last season and his name was Michael Beasley. The Knick had Michael Porter the season before last and his name was Carmelo Anthony. We’ve seen the scorer who can shoot from everywhere and does nothing else on the court but hold the ball and take awful shots.
Now, I’m not about to sit here and tell you that he’s the next Jayson Tatum because there’s one Jayson Tatum and he is barely even Jayson Tatum right now. He’s played one season. Chill. Kevin Knox is the first Kevin Knox and alongside Frank Ntilikina and Kristaps Porzingis, they are going to domainte the Eastern Conference (eventually).
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