The Knicks eventually ruin the experience and smear them all once they’re out the door.
It happened to Patrick Ewing. Charles Oakley. Carmelo Anthony. Now, it’s the Unicorn.
From the time they drafted Porzingis fourth overall in 2015 until they traded him Thursday, the Knicks propped him up as the savior to their longstanding destitution.
Finally, they had a reward for all the losing, and Kristaps Porzingis was a mystical treasure in today’s NBA – a 7-foot-3 mobile rim protector adept at stroking 3-pointers.
But they screwed it up, of course. They couldn’t squash the losing, the dysfunction, the pettiness. After they agreed to trade Porzingis to the Mavericks for cap space and two future first-round picks, the Knicks launched a spin campaign to make it seem like this was all Porzingis’ fault and they were actually saving the fans (ha!).
“You don’t want to commit a max player to a player who clearly says to you he doesn’t want to be here. That would be a disservice for our organization and disservice to our fans,” team president Steve Mills said.