The New York Knicks have made some moves in free agency this offseason, but none of the moves will alter how their team will perform next season. Having trained an eye on the future, Kentucky coach John Calipari has taken the time out to discuss the Knicks and their off-season.
“The Knicks are on a different path. You may not see the results right away overnight. It took us a while to get here. It’s going to take a little while to get us where we want to go. So, let this thing play out, and, in the end, everyone will be pleased.”
“Now, what they’re trying to do and how they’re trying to do it, they’re not trying to do it in a hurry. They have a terrific coach, a proven coach, a playoff coach.”
Calipari has shared a close relationship with the Knicks, with 4 of his former players currently on the roster. However, he has reiterated on many occasions that he will not join the organization.
Well, no. One cannot argue that the Knicks had a good offseason because their team doesn’t look worse for the 2020-21 season. What they did do well is maintain the flexibility to sign big-name free agents in 2021 when guys like Giannis Antetokounmpo will be available.
However, this is a tale as old as the Knicks itself. The Knicks never land these big free agents and have entrapped themselves in a cycle of going after them and whiffing.
Considering the youth of the team, coach Tom Thibodeau could shape them into title contenders. However, it just never seems to be the case for the Knicks who have been in this rebuild since the early 2000s now. Hopefully, Calipari’s optimism isn’t for nothing.
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