Older fans might remember the Knicks making it to the National Basketball Association finals in 1999, but younger players haven't seen the team experience that level of success.
Durant and Kyrie Irving were linked to the Knicks ahead of free agency, but that didn't pan out for NY. "It's not like I had to do any deep analysis of any player here", Durant said about choosing the Brooklyn Nets.
"Everybody has their own opinion, and I know (Kevin Durant), I don't think he meant it as a slight, honestly".
Fast-forward to now, when those two players went to Brooklyn, and as for the Knicks, well, they were left with Marcus Morris and a number of other role players - majority playing either small or power forward. "I just wanted to be around a nice group of young players and also a good mix of vets".
"Durant said he barely gave the Knicks "a thought" this summer", but the 2014 NBA MVP added he "didn't really do any deep, full analysis on the Knicks" due to their recent failures, something he believes also has been a factor for the league's other stars in recent years.
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However, Durant is unlikely to play in his first full season with Brooklyn as he recovers from a torn Achilles injury he suffered in the playoffs with the Warriors.
Knicks coach David Fizdale was pleased with Barrett's performance and hinted that team could even get better as the season progresses.
Well, this made the Knicks a topic for at least 24 hours, thanks to Durant's candid comments. You know what I'm saying?
KD adds that the Knicks' brand is no longer considered "cool".
"I didn't grow up with the Knicks being good".