In short, the New York Knicks are still a complete disaster, and it’s because of their owner, James Dolan. If the Knicks want to get themselves out of their deadfall, Dolan must sell the team, that is the only way they will get better.
New York is one of the biggest markets in the NBA, however no big time free agent would ever consider going to play on the Knicks, not with the dysfunctional nature the front office is implementing on the rest of the franchise.
— Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) August 4, 2017
Carmelo Anthony comments briefly on James Dolan’s decision to fire Phil Jackson & his relationship with new Knicks GM Scott Perry: pic.twitter.com/JDhl3N1l2z
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) August 3, 2017
Anthony was getting called out daily by Phil Jackson, the team’s President of Basketball Operations, while Porzingis decided to miss his exit interview in large part because of what was going on with his All-Star teammate.
In an attempt to salvage their star players the Knicks fired Jackson, who was thought to have deserved to be relieved of his duties. Jackson wanted Anthony off the team so badly that he was even considering a buyout.
The Knicks then hired new General Manager Scott Perry, who does not want to buyout Anthony, or possibly even trade him at all. While the new GM is being patient, he should be furious.
Before Perry became the general manger, the Knicks signed guard Tim Hardaway Jr. to a ludicrous two-year, 71 million dollar deal. Hardaway is simply just a role player, who will not help the Knicks move forward, and should never have been offered this much money in the first place.
The Knicks lost point guard Derrick Rose to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but drafted point guard Frank Nitilikina with the 8th overall pick, who played professionally in France.
The Knicks also resigned mediocre-at-best, point guard Ron Baker. Baker hustles, which you must respect, but he simply will not be a difference maker when it matters.
The Knicks still have an old and injury riddled Joakim Noah on year two of his four-year, $72 million deal.
The Knicks have a roster that should arguably compete for a playoff spot in the East, but if Anthony gets dealt they may be looking in from the outside. Unless they include Anthony in a trade package for Kyrie Irving, which is highly unlikely.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 1, 2017
The only positive the Knicks have, for now, is Porzingis.
The 7-foot unicorn recently said he has been studying the art of trash talking, so he watches videos of UFC fighter Connor McGregor to help him master that craft.
Porzingis recently said, “I’m still 22 and still really young but I’m trying to learn as much as I can on the court, and trying to learn as much as I can off the court as well. I want to improve the mental side. I’m actually amazed by Conor McGregor. I’ve been watching so many of his videos, trash talking, how mentally strong he is. I’ve been really interested in that kind of stuff.”
Porzingis is studying Conor McGregor to improve his mental game… 👀 pic.twitter.com/p4uCo4FWG0
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) August 3, 2017
At least the Knicks have Porzingis, but if they don’t turn this dysfunctional organization around he is bound to leave. However, he may have quashed rumours of his departure for the time being, when he said: “So far it’s been tough in New York, but my journey is only beginning and I hope to stay there my whole career, so as a city we can have some fun and do something big.”
Final Grade: C-