Kevin Durant is reportedly on his way to signing with the Brooklyn Nets. New York Knicks fans took to the internet to vent their frustration.
Wow! Do me a favor and check on your local New York Knicks fan. If they’re held up in their room, at least make sure that they eat something every couple of hours.
Widespread panic set in when, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving reportedly agreed to sign deals with the Brooklyn Nets. That Woj bomb was a dagger to the heart of Knicks fans who had visions of KD and Irving post-Kristaps Porzingis trade.
Knicks fans, as well as NBA Twitter, took to the internet and did not hold back.
Via Kim Adams twitter:
Lifelong Knicks fans showing up at the Barclays Center this October pic.twitter.com/4YOfwufwSb
— Kim Adams (@Kim_Adams1) June 30, 2019
I give this a solid seven out of 10.
The Kawhi Leonard, “What it do babbyyyyy?” meme is current and I’m sure some Knicks fans without a spine might consider switching to Brooklyn; but if they do, then don’t come back when RJ Barrett starts lighting up the garden and Durant’s Achilles are held together with cheap adhesive (cues George Constanza reference).
Co-host of “Desus and Mero” on Showtime, Desus Nice:
KD didn’t have the heart to save the Knicks and that’s the narrative me and mans dem are running with innit
— Desus Nice (@desusnice) June 30, 2019
Desus always knows how to give the crowd a chuckle during hard times. A respectable 6.5 out of 10, Durant hiding from the pressure cooker being the Knicks savior is not really a credible narrative, but one that probably helps me rationalize this disappointment.
Thats such a pathetic look for the Knicks. I dont even mean this to be a knock on the Nets bc they are a good, Young, very well run org who is about to become great. They have like 15 total fans, no history, no allure, no nothing. And they have become THE nyc franchise. Not NYK?
— KFC (@KFCBarstool) June 30, 2019
Four out of 10. I love the anger, and there’s a lot of facts here, but I wouldn’t call the Knicks pathetic just yet. Pathetic would be over-paying second-tier free agents in both years and money as well as trying to sell that team to the fans.
No question that the Nets, for the time being, have taken over as the team in NYC, but if Zach Lowe says he would die on Julius Randle island, count me in.
Team Vivalo Twitter:
— Team Vivalo (@TeamVivalo) June 30, 2019
Classic. Eight out of 10 from Mike Vivalo at ESNY. If The Goonies were not a part of your childhood, then I feel bad for you. That joyous trip down memory lane insinuates that somehow Knicks fans could convince Durant not to sign with the Nets.
Amongst a long list pipedreams, that might be atop the list, but hey, a fan can dream.
it all could have been yours
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) June 30, 2019
From a purely emotional standpoint, this hits all the heartstrings. Short, simple, and to the point, this tweet probably captures at least 70 percent of all Knicks fans’ primary emotion. A seven out of the 10 from one of the more famous Knicks fans on the internet.
As the days come and go, there will be more reactions and memes, etc. The Knicks, and rightly so, should take a beating on the internet. But it might be one of the few times, that their long-term plan, which has failed to win the back page, may be primed to bring the Knicks back to relevancy.