The fact is, in a end, we wish what they want, and they wish what we want. Sure, it’s always humorous whenever a breeze is hold in New York and when a name announced causes abdominal pain among a true in attendance.
At final count, a video of a Jets selecting Jeff Lageman with a 14th collect of a 1989 NFL Draft — and a ensuing greeting of Jets fans during a Marriott Marquis that day — had been watched 1,709,795 times on YouTube. And, of course, there was Jordan, aka @cryingknicksfan, who famously wept when a Knicks picked Kristaps Porzingis 3 years ago.
The Jets weren’t trolling we with Lageman. The Knicks weren’t derisive we with Porzingis. Lageman incited out OK. Pozingis was headed for a All-Star Game before he blew out his knee. They wanted what we wanted. They wish what we want.
So if your initial desire is beating a Knicks didn’t separate their aces and double down Thursday night, didn’t go for pennyless and collect Michael Porter Jr. when he was still accessible during No. 9, we should substantially remember: as invested as we competence be in a Knicks being right in opting for Kevin Knox instead, it doesn’t review to how many Scott Perry and Steve Mills need to be right about this.
“We like a talent,” Perry, a Knicks’ ubiquitous manager, pronounced after picking a 6-foot-9, 215-pound Knox, who averaged 15.6 points and shot 44.5 percent from a building for Kentucky final year. “He fits what we’re going to be about. He’s long, athletic, can play mixed positions. And we know a talent is there.”
Added Mills, a team’s president: “At Kentucky they get thrown into a glow progressing than other places. It equips a actor and gives him a improved possibility to play right divided [in a NBA].”
And afterwards this: “There are no ideal players in this league.”
That includes Porter, of course, who substantially would have been a initial or second collect in final year’s breeze if he wasn’t banned from it, and if he weren’t forced to put in a year during Missouri, during that he harm his behind and now became a 6-11 doubt mark. He is positively intriguing adequate that he was a child on a lips of many Knicks fans during Barclays Center on Thursday, chants that morphed into boos when commissioner Adam Silver announced Knox’ name.
As immature Jordan fast pronounced on Instagram, articulate on interest of a lot of his associate Knicks fans in a room in Brooklyn: “Nothing during all opposite Kevin Knox, we consider he will be good in a revolution with Fiz as manager … it’s only we had a golden ticket, a man that could have done such an extraordinary impact …”
Still, as one NBA source texted final night: “To your blackjack analogy … holding a play on a man is like bursting 8s opposite a dealer’s 6. we fear Porter is doubling down when we have 7 and a play has a king. There’s a disproportion between holding a possibility and being reckless.”
Of course, Porter competence infer this insider, a Knicks and a 12 other teams who upheld on him wrong, competence make them compensate a approach Tom Brady has done it his goal to make a 31 teams that upheld on him mixed times compensate again and again and again.
But here’s a thing: The Knicks didn’t enclose themselves in a box. They didn’t make a protected pick: That would’ve been Mikal Bridges (who endured his possess personal soap show by going to his hometown Sixers during 10, creation his mom — who works for a group — yowl for fun on TV, afterwards removing shuttled out to Phoenix). Bridges is 3 full years comparison and distant closer to whatever finished product he’s going to be.
Knox’s roof is enticing. And he clearly believes he can take himself to a aloft place still. He listened a fans chanting Porter’s name, listened their disappointment. And notwithstanding still being dual months bashful of his 19th birthday, he understood.
“They can intone Michael Porter all they want,” he said, “but they got Kevin Knox, and I’m peaceful to work and I’m peaceful to get better.”
That would be a good thought for him. And a improved thought for a group who motionless to make him a initial cornerstone of a new authorization foundation. They wish what we want. Maybe even a small bit more.