Richard Jefferson says Knicks are not the best place for basketball and winning
There has been a heck of a lot of talk about at least one big-name free agent signing with the New York Knicks this summer, with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving being mentioned as the prime candidates to do so.
But would joining the Knicks be the best move for a star player?
Former NBA player Richard Jefferson says no:
“The Knicks, the Garden, they have their own allure. But if you’re focused on basketball and focused on winning, the Knicks aren’t the best place for you because they haven’t won in 40 years,” said Jefferson, per Brian Lewis of The New York Post. “So don’t tell me that you’re only focused on winning and then go to the Knicks.”
Knicks fans may not like to hear it, but Jefferson raises a lot of good points.
New York has been one of the worst franchises in professional sports for the better part of the last two decades, making the playoffs just four times since 2002 and winning just one playoff series during that span.
The Knicks are also coming off of their second sub-20 win season in five years, as New York won just 17 games during the 2018-19 campaign and also tallied a meager 17 victories back in the 2014-15 season.
Plus, for Durant and Irving, two players with model franchises in the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics, respectively, jumping ship to join a very shaky organization like the Knicks is certainly a risky move.
But, Durant and Irving may think that they would be a lethal duo regardless of where they play.