We have dedicated ourselves to the best case for which the Knicks want a star to join the country of basketball life. It is a simple, three-part plan that reads something like this:
1. Winning (or at least taking a seat) in the lottery, that is, if you do not receive Zion Williamson, you can draw his Duke team-mate RJ Barrett, who is in some ways the better player with the higher ceiling.
2. Discover that all the hopeful buzz about Kevin Durant is real, and that Durant is really fascinated (some say he is fascinated) with the idea of bringing Mark-Messiering the Knicks out of their 46-year hike through the wilderness of basketball ,
3. Make a buddy to join Durant, and in almost every scenario proposed and made pregnant since the great Porzingis exile on the last day of January, it's Kyrie Irving, best known as Robin to Batman, Costanza of Durant, His Seinfeld, Silvio to his Tony Soprano seems to serve.
It's a good plan and a fun plan, and it's a plan that never looked better and more appealing than on Sunday when it seemed for a while that the Knicks would either go a) give 200 points or b) 1
The lottery could of course be a fiasco, and let's be honest: if the Lakers did not make the playoffs, it would surprise you or anyone else if they were the team that had the chance of a frozen envelope – I mean that winning number combination?
Durant could not. Take a good look at the Knicks and say, "Hmmmm …"
And then there's Kyrie, who three years ago made the most important hoop in basketball history in Cleveland, Ohio He has often hinted He dreams of playing at least part of his heyday in the Garden, located just 19.8 miles from his home in West Orange, NJ, one of the NBA's brilliant talents.
And who is … well, in the middle of It's not just that the Celtics, for whom he plays a starring role and for whom a spot in the NBA final four months ago seemed a matter of course, played a big role have disappointment, buried in 5th place in the East. Not only is Irving reasonably healthy (a chronic challenge for him that dates back to his Duke years), but he had big time-frames this year in which he played weak and seemed disinterested ( despite average team highs of 23.9 points) and 6.9 assists).
But things have gotten stronger – what's the word? Strange? Worryingly? Uncomfortable? – between Irving and the Celtics. A report by The Ringer appeared on Monday citing a team source in which Irving was described as "incapacitated and out of the team". After the recent Celtics disaster on Sunday, a 115-104 home defeat to the Rockets, Irving mumbled, "I'll miss none of that [crap] when I'm done playing."
Now, stars sometimes get restless. And when they've reached their breaking point in a city, sometimes they do not have the energy or inclination to hide it (unless you've forgotten the last days of LeBron I in Cleveland 2010). And that does not have to mean that the disaster continues (LeBron seemed perfectly content to win four finals and win two of them in Miami over the next four years).
But it is certainly an observation and exactly how Irving will proceed in the next few weeks. Remember, it's not as if the glare in New York diminishes less, and even if he arrives in the company of KD and RJ, the Knicks team will still be less at the beginning than this Celtics team is.
The fans of Knicks must certainly like their chances of luring Irving, given that he seems so unfortunate in Boston. Should this enthusiasm be measured by what we saw of him this year? And can the Knicks even afford the luxury of worrying about trying to put together a team from so many moving parts?
After all, it's the Knicks. They knew that would not be easy, right?