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Kevin Durant on why the Knicks are failing in free agency

Kevin Durant Nets Kevin Durant explained why the Knicks don't attract elite players. More
Cary Erickson | 11 October, 2019, 14:24

"You know what I'm saying; the cool thing now is not the Knicks".

Changing the on-court play will take a positive step towards acquiring higher-profile outside talents, similar to what the Brooklyn Nets did in 2018-19, when they had a surprise playoff run that changed their vibe.

Durant is expected to miss the entire season as he rehabs his surgically repaired Achilles tendon.

The Cavs overcame a 3-1 deficit of their own against the Warriors in the NBA Finals that year to win Cleveland's first world championship in any major sport since 1964.

"A lot of fans look at the Knicks as a brand and expect these young players who, in their lifetime, don't remember the Knicks being good (to want to sign)", Durant said.

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KD adds that the Knicks' brand is no longer considered "cool". "I didn't grow up with the Knicks", he said.

NY stumbled to an NBA-worst 17-65 record last season and missed the playoffs for the sixth consecutive campaign. "And then the [Cleveland] Cavs were the best team in the league - most talented team - so I'm like, 'We've got an uphill climb, let's just see what we can do'". The Knicks last made The Finals in 1999 and haven't won it all since 1973.

The club hopes to build around a young core featuring RJ Barrett, Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson and others.

Durant announced his decision to join the Nets via social media and Kyrie Irving followed suit. Rosenberg posited that Dolan's comments were a turn off to Durant and Irving as they entered free agency. According to Durant, the reason why the Knicks are having a hardtime recruiting great players is because people don't remember how good they were back in the day. In fact, Durant recently commented on the legacy of New York Knicks and how the team isn't generating interest in National Basketball Association right now.