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Kyrie Irving has been linked to the New York Knicks when he hits the open market come July by many across the NBA landscape.
However, the Knicks will have an opportunity to land an even more-transcendent star, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports: Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors.
“The New York Knicks have a very good shot at luring KD away from the Bay Area,” Haynes said during an appearance on First Things First on FS1. “The reason I say that is his business partner, Rich Kleiman, is based in New York, huge New York Knicks fan. Their business is located and based in New York. KD’s dad is a big New York Knicks fan.
“The same allure that LeBron had toward the Los Angeles Lakers – just the building, the culture – is the same thing, the same way, I know, that KD feels about the Knicks.”
Haynes is not alone in that belief, either. Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post said much the same during an appearance on the Yahoo Sports NBA: Chris Mannix podcast.
“If you polled people around the league right now, a lot more people think he’s going to the Knicks and then maybe to the LA teams before he’s going to stay with the Warriors,” Bontemps said.
Mannix then doubled down.
“Along those lines, I’ve been really surprised at how many people are — NBA types that I talk to on a regular basis –are convinced it’s going to be New York,” he said. “There are a lot of people, Tim, that believe the Knicks are a prohibitive favorite to land Durant.”
During a 2017 appearance on a podcast with Bill Simmons of The Ringer, Durant expressed his appreciation for Madison Square Garden.
“Madison Square that s–t is so live in there and you just know it’s the Mecca,” he said. “I don’t think they should ever change that.”
Durant expressed a unique reason for loving The Garden so much.