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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Spencer Dinwiddie points out Knicks grim reality: ‘I know Knicks fans are going to get mad, but that’s the truth’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
And Spencer Dinwiddie doesn’t envision much of a jump for the Knicks next season, when his team — the Nets — will benefit from the arrival of Kevin Durant.
“You want a real answer (about whether the Knicks will be much better)? Probably not,” Dinwiddie said. “They’ll probably have a high draft pick. Unless they do something via trade or via free agency, which I don’t know if this free agency class is that spectacular, they’re probably not going to be that good. We’ll see. I can’t tell the future. But more than likely, I mean Kevin Durant is coming back. And he’s Kevin Durant. He’s really good.”
Dinwiddie, who is participating Saturday in the Skills Challenge, enjoys needling the Knicks and understands it fires up their fanbase. At the same time, his words about the New York basketball dynamic ring true.
“I’ve said this before. We’ll never take over the Knicks’ (popularity). That’s not going to happen. They’re too entrenched in what it means. Madison Square Garden, Rucker Park, that type of vibe,” Dinwiddie said. “But in terms of being a better basketball team, that happened a minute ago. That’s not new. We’re a better basketball team than the Knicks. We were last year. Probably will be next year. It’s kind of what it is. So I know Knicks fans are going to get mad, but that is the truth.”
The Knicks didn’t make it to the weekend of All-Star weekend. As with last year, their only participant (RJ Barrett) was in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, and then the franchise’s existence disappeared from Chicago by Saturday. New York’s last two All-Stars — Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony — were traded away by Steve Mills.
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