Hungry Knicks fans rejoiced as Boston melted against Milwaukee, signaling the end of Kyrie’s brief career with the Celtics.
A win for Milwaukee is a win for Knicks fans, as all signs point to Kyrie Irving’s departure from Boston. The media and fans are content on blaming him for the Celtics’ dysfunction, failure and underachieving.
There are other culprits, but playing the blame game is irrelevant at this point. Irving’s been emotionally battered and bruised this season and he definitely felt confused and underappreciated. So much so, that he swallowed his pride and even called LeBron James for some advice.
Unless something drastic occurs in the next couple of months when free agency begins, Kyrie will shop his services during free agency and the Irving-to-New York talk will reach a nauseating pitch.
If anything, the desperate Knicks fans will make him feel appreciated. Most hoops fans are well aware of the reasons why Boston flopped this season. No need to rehash. Time to move forward.
Here are three reasons why Kyrie’s departure is imminent and his destination is probably New York.
Knicks Will Put Full Court Press on Stars
Stephen A. Smith joins Get Up! to recap the trade that sent Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks. He also looks at potential free agents the New York Knicks have a chance at landing during the 2019 offseason including the Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving and the Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant.
The Knicks are not going to leave this free agency without landing two superstars. Of course, they need Kevin Durant to be the first shoe to drop. Once that occurs, it’s been assumed for some time now that Kyrie will follow him to The Big Apple.
If Irving and Durant are truly considering NY, they will have a hell of a time saying no. This is the Knicks’ most important offseason and draft since Ewing in ’85. Holding a Top 3 pick in this year’s potentially star-studded NBA draft also helps NY’s attractability.
Get The Hell Out of Boston
The city of Boston has already scapegoated Kyrie for this season’s failures. Nobody’s really knocking the coach or any other player. Despite having a championship ring, the narrative around the NBA is that you can’t win a chip with Kyrie’s style of play.
It’s laughable on the surface, but there’s no doubt that he had a hard time fitting into what the Celtics built in his absence, during their improbable 2018 playoff run.
Jalen Rose weighs in on Kyrie Irving’s performance in the Eastern Conference semifinals vs. the Milwaukee Bucks and describes why Kyrie is not on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s level.
Anything short of a championship next season and Kyrie will become a permanent target of Boston media and enemy of the fans. He’s been playing with one foot out the door all season, might as well take the leap.
Legacy, Legacy Legacy
KD has two titles. Kyrie has one and enough clutch playoff moments to last a lifetime. New York is the only place where both players can become all-time immortals.
The Knicks have been inept for too long. The city has a new, All-Back front office that needs a miracle to turn this thing around. If you could become the King of Prussia or the King of England, which one would you choose? Exactly.
Tracy Morgan explained the lure of New York perfectly on ESPN.
Tracy Morgan accompanies Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman on First Take to voice his optimism on the rise of the New York Knicks this offseason. Morgan predicts the Knicks to sign Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and snag the top pick in the 2019 NBA draft and select Zion Williamson.
KD and Kyrie would become the kings of the largest media market in the country for a Knicks franchise that is worth more than any other NBA team and in a town that turns legends into icons.