The New York Knicks didn’t get Kevin Durant by way of NBA free company this summer time.
That didn’t occur.
He joined the Brooklyn Nets.
“Yeah, you recognize the New York folks they know all the things they usually’re all the time proper,” joked NBA Corridor of Famer Shaquille O’Neal on Scoop B Radio.
“To see them [Knicks] have all these plans they usually don’t work out. As a result of for me if I’ve plans I’ll by no means inform you about it. I don’t speak about it earlier than it occurs.”
One would argue that Durant being closely tied to of us throughout the Knicks group would make it a simple promote.
For one, his enterprise associate, Wealthy Kleiman, is a large Knicks fan that’s based mostly in New York.
Kleiman can be the co-founder and associate in Durant’s The Durant Firm and Thirty 5 Media.
With the Durant Firm, Kleiman oversees Durant’s funding portfolio, together with Postmates, Acorns, The Gamers’ Tribune, JetSmarter.
Value noting: Kleiman has additionally gotten Durant into the mental property house, as effectively. His Boardroom present, which I shared could be rolled out quickly, has been successful by way of ESPN+
There are extra Knicks ties. Like Alonzo Triier.
Triier has been mentored by Kevin Durant all through his highschool and faculty profession. Triier is from Seattle, the place Durant was drafted, and the 2 have a detailed relationship.
KD can be tied to DeAndre Jordan. They gained Olympic gold medals collectively.
KD can be near Knicks assistant coach, Royal Ivey.
A Harlem native, the 2 have been Texas Longhorns teammates and teammates with the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder for 3 years.
KD is the godfather of Ivey’s daughter, Lyric Ella and Ivey has spent the previous two seasons working as an assistant for the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder. He had obtained curiosity from different groups as effectively, together with the Philadelphia 76ers.
The final time the Knicks have been introduced as much as Durant, it didn’t finish effectively.
KD went on a viral post-game rant in regards to the Knicks and Kristaps Porzingis’ commerce after a Warriors 141-102 win over the San Antonio Spurs in February.
“It’s pointless,” stated Durant.
“You’ve obtained a dude, Ethan Strauss, who are available in right here and simply give his entire opinion on stuff and simply make it appear to be it’s coming from me. He simply stroll round right here, don’t discuss to no person. Simply stroll in right here, survey after which write one thing like that, after which now y’all piling on me as a result of I don’t need to speak about that. I’ve nothing to do with the Knicks. I don’t know who traded (Kristaps) Porzingis. That obtained nothing to do with me. I’m attempting to play basketball. Y’all are available in right here on a regular basis, ask me about free company, ask my teammates, my coaches. You rile up the followers about it. Yo, allow us to play basketball. That’s all I’m saying. Now after I don’t need to discuss to y’all, it’s an issue with me. Come on, man. Develop up. Develop up. Yeah, you. Develop up. Come on, brah. I are available in right here and go to work on a regular basis, and I don’t trigger no issues. I play the correct approach, or I attempt to play the correct approach. I attempt to be the perfect participant I might be each possession. What’s the issue? What am I doing to y’all?”
After being peppered with additional questions, Durant stated: “Who’re you? Why do I obtained to speak to you? Inform me. Is that going to assist me do my job higher? Naw, man. I didn’t really feel like speaking.”
Durant concluded his presser by stating: “I simply don’t belief none of y’all. Each time I say one thing, it will get tousled and thrown out. So many alternative publications attempt to tear me down with my phrases that I say. So, if I don’t say nothing, it’s an issue. I simply need to play ball. I need to go to the gymnasium and go house. That’s all. Is that an issue? Alright, then.”
NBA Free Company got here and went.
KD is in New York. He’s simply not in Manhattan, however in Brooklyn.
“The funniest day was the day after they didn’t get anyone,” Shaq joked on Scoop B Radio.
“You see Stephen A. [Smith] on the present like he was simply upset it was the funniest factor ever.”
Kevin Durant is a Internet alongside Irving and DeAndre Jordan.
They’ll be a part of a fairly potent Nets roster that features middle, Jarrett Allen who averaged 10.9 factors, 8.four rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 80 begins for final season’s 42-40 Nets squad.
The Nets even have potent roster with names like Caris LeVert, Joe Harris and Spencer Dinwiddie.
Shaquille O’Neal likes the new-look Nets as a result of it offers New York one thing to speak about in hoops apart from the New York Knicks.
“Jay-Z gave them a bit of steam when he stated he was the proprietor,” Shaq informed Scoop B Radio.
“He’s going to be there with KD so they need to make lots of noise. Solely unlucky half for the primary time in New York historical past the Knicks aren’t the essential group. That’s sort of humorous to me.”