The best way I can describe being a Knicks fan is that not only do things go wrong, but they go wrong in ways you didn’t even know were possible. Literally the lone bright spot for this franchise in the last four years has been drafting 7’3 superhero Kristaps “Down in the DM” Porzingis in the 2015 draft. I’m not gonna lie, I HATED this pick at the time just as much as 99% of other Knicks fans did. I mean, a tall lanky European who shoots? Name one besides Dirk Nowitzki who turned out to be good. But KP has been great. He makes his presence felt on both ends of the floor, and has potential to be a Top-10 caliber player in this league for years to come. In what was supposed to be a 3-player draft (Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell, and Jahlil Okafor), getting the 4th pick was a classic Knicks move. However, Porzingis has far outshined Russell and Okafor, and is one of his draft class’ brightest stars along with Towns and Devin Booker.
Drafting him was literally the only good thing Phil Jackson has done in New York. Everything else has been a trainwreck. I don’t even flinch at embarassing Knicks headlines anymore. Charles Oakley thrown out of the Garden? Cool. Melo knocked up some bitch that isn’t LaLa? Sure. Porzingis skips his end-of-season meeting? Peachy. But this got me so instantly angry it’s insane.
I’m sorry, but WHAT?!?!
I just don’t really see any kind of return that’s worth trading Porzingis for. The guy is 7’3, shoots threes, protects the rim, and hasn’t even scratched the surface of his potential after just two seasons in the NBA. Why would you trade him away just to get draft picks you hope turn out the same way? Phil has totally freaking lost it if he’s really considering this. I’ll go to the Garden myself and personally throw his ass on a one-way flight back to LA before he trades KP. I’d fly him United too, because screw Phil Jackson.
Sure, the guy has 11 titles, as a COACH. Not as an executive. Also, how many of those titles came without either Jordan/Pippen, Shaq/Kobe, or Kobe/Gasol? Yup, none of them.
I’m not kidding when I say I’m done being a Knicks fan if they trade Porzingis. This threat means literally nothing to them, but I’d just be done. I don’t care that they suck every year. But this move would literally just show fans the front office doesn’t give a shit about them, or the direction of the team. So please, Phil, make your peace with our 7’3 future superstar. Because you should be gone waaaaaayyyyy before he is.
P.S. Things were really looking up with Malik Monk potentially falling to us at 8. Basketball Gods can’t let Knicks fans have even a few MINUTES of happiness.