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SportThe Knicks are so terrible the only thing left to sell Kevin Durant on is the chance to save the franchise

05:35  10 february  2019
05:35  10 february  2019 Source:   nydailynews.com

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Kevin Durant caught flack for signing with the greatest regular-season team in NBA history. And if he’s looking for approval from those critics, Durant could do With Saturday’s 104-99 loss to the Raptors, the Knicks (10-45) tied the franchise record with their 16th consecutive defeat – equaling the dubious

Kevin Durant caught flack for signing with the greatest regular-season team in NBA history. With Saturday’s 104-99 loss to the Raptors, the Knicks (10-45) tied the franchise record with their 16th consecutive defeat – equaling the dubious mark set in the 2014-15 campaign under Derek Fisher.

The Knicks are so terrible the only thing left to sell Kevin Durant on is the chance to save the franchise© Mary Altaffer / AP

Kevin Durant caught flack for signing with the greatest regular-season team in NBA history. And if he’s looking for approval from those critics, Durant could do the exact opposite with the Knicks.

Maybe that’s part of the appeal.

The Knicks won’t finish with the worst record we’ve ever seen in the league (not unless they drop the rest of their games), but the losing has already reached historic proportions.

Heading into Saturday’s game against the Raptors at the Garden, the Knicks had dropped 15 straight – one off the franchise record set during the 2014-15 campaign under Derek Fisher. They had already broke the team record for consecutive defeats at home with 15.

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Save list. This is the dumbest take I have heard have a young core and a top 3 pick with 2 max slot that's how you rebuild and Perry has had only 2 years on the job got a secound round steal and a undrafted steal plus got back a explosive young pg for a disgruntled player coming off a acl.

The Knicks are so terrible the only thing left to sell Kevin Durant on is the chance to save the franchise ». Kids are alright. The Knicks tied a franchise record with their 16th consecutive defeat Saturday but coach David Fizdale was left encouraged.

Depending on how you like to slice misery, they either lost 23 of their previous 24 games, or 28 of 30. If that rate continues, they’ll easily own the worst record in franchise history – which now stands at 17-65 from 2014-15 – and finish with one of the seven-worst in the NBA during its 82-game era.

This means very little for purposes of the draft lottery. Per the new anti-tanking rules, the bottom-3 teams all have the same chance of winning the Zion Williamson sweepstakes at 14 percent. The only real benefit is that the worst team can’t drop lower than fifth in the draft, as opposed to sixth with the second-worst record, or seventh with the third-worst record, and so on.

The Knicks are so terrible the only thing left to sell Kevin Durant on is the chance to save the franchise© Jonathan Bachman / AP

To the credit of the Knicks’ spin doctors, they’ve been able to take the focus off the product on the court and turn the attention toward the summer. That has altogether removed pressure and blame from coach David Fizdale and the front office. A season proposed by the Knicks as their opportunity to showcase premier player development quickly devolved into a giant punt to July.

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Terrible guy.” In reality, Jordan and Durant are such good friends they vacationed together in Europe a few years ago. Jordan was also part of the failed recruitment of Durant to the Clippers in The Knicks are so terrible the only thing left to sell Kevin Durant on is the chance to save the franchise ».

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Since Steve Mills usurped Phil Jackson prior to last season, the Knicks’ record is 39-97 with a 28.7 winning percentage. That’s worse than Jackson’s record as president.

But the allure of Durant, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis made it easy for the Knicks to sell their mission and the condemnation of Kristaps Porzingis. The question wasn’t why Porzingis wasn’t happy on the worst team in the NBA, but how can he not be happy with such a great plan underfoot?

Either way, the Knicks can no longer claim with sincerity that this was their plan all along. Prior to the season, Mills pitched the idea of selling a superstar free agent to play with Porzingis, a revitalized culture and the market.

Now all they have is the market.

Perhaps that’s enough for Durant. He can swoop in as the savior instead of being the superfluous signing in Golden State. The Knicks need a hero.

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