To say that the 2022 NBA Draft has been an eventful night for the New York Knicks would be an understatement. New York pulled the trigger on a couple of major trade deals during the draft with the objective of clearing a significant amount of cap room ahead of free agency.
ESPN broadcaster and lifelong Knicks fan Stephen A. Smith was in attendance to witness all this unfold. It doesn't look like Stephen A enjoyed hearing about the news, though:
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) June 24, 2022
Stephen A had one word to describe how he feels about these moves: pain. If you look at the video, it is clear that Smith was indeed in a bit of agony as he processed the Knicks' draft-day decisions. Fellow New York superfan Spike Lee tried to comfort Stephen A, but at that point, he just looked inconsolable.
The Knicks selected Ousmane Dieng using their No. 11 pick, but they quickly sent him to the Orlando Magic in exchange for multiple first-round picks. Not long after, New York pulled the trigger on a deal that saw them send Kemba Walker to the Detroit Pistons as part of a three-team deal with the Charlotte Hornets.
As previously mentioned, the Knicks are clearly trying to clear as much cap room as possible ahead of free agency (with a keen eye on the Dallas Mavericks' Jalen Brunson). Stephen A, however, isn't at all happy with what his team is doing right now.