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Knicks’ James Dolan says lack of Henrik Lundqvist type of player is hurting New York

Henrik Lundqvist, James Dolan

Both the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers have had poor seasons as of late. Of course, the Knicks are a part of the NBA and the Rangers the NHL. James Dolan owns both of the teams, and he believes the Knicks aren’t winning because they don’t have a star like the Rangers do in their goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist.

Dolan told the New York Daily News at a Rangers practice in Las Vegas:

“The real big difference between the Knicks and Rangers is Henrik. If the Knicks had a Henrik, they’d probably be competing for a playoff spot. No Henrik, no playoff spot. Hank is excellent about his conditioning, health, etc. He thinks he’s going to be here [for the payoff on the rebuild]. I think he can make it as long as [Martin] Brodeur. Maybe a little further on in his career we can give him a little more of a break here and there, but he’s an All-Star this year. It’s hard to find another Hank. Damn near impossible.”

The Knicks on the season have been disappointing without having Kristaps Porzingis, their young star. Last year he averaged 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game while shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from beyond the arc. The seven-foot-three stretch forward has a ton of potential, but he’s still recovering from a knee injury.

There have been plenty of rumors that the Knicks will use their cap space this upcoming summer to sign top free agents like Kyrie Irving or Kevin Durant. It remains to be seen whether the Knicks have the same free agent draw as they used to, even with Porzingis coming back.

The Knicks are currently 10-29 on the season and sit 13th in the NBA’s Eastern Conference.