John Starks ,Patrick Ewing
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New York Knicks legend John Starks provided no reaction to Kyrie Irving choosing the Brooklyn Nets this past summer in free agency.

The biggest surprise of the 2019 NBA offseason was superstars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant picking the Brooklyn Nets in free agency. The New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers were among the other teams believed to be in contention for the duo.

“No reaction,” Knicks legend and former NBA point guard John Starks said.

Starks was in attendance supporting Derek Jeter at his annual Turn 2 Foundation Gala, held annually in Manhattan. He spent nine seasons with the Knicks from 1990-98. Starks is also the Knicks all-time leader in 3 pointers made.

The move had many Knicks fans and media members speechless as well.

Various reports from prominent broadcasters in the industry including Stephen A. Smith, Colin Cowherd and Ric Bucher had sources telling them it was a “99% chance” or a “done deal” for Kyrie and KD to the Knicks.


Durant’s Achilles injury has been discussed as a potential reason their destination changed and the two ended up in Brooklyn.

New York went 17-65 last season, finishing with the worst record in the NBA. They had the best odds of getting the no. 1 overall pick, which would’ve landed them Duke superstar Zion Williamson. The Knicks selected Williamson’s Blue Devils teammate RJ Barrett at No. 3.

“Just continue to work hard. I like our mix of young players and veterans. I think we’re in store for a good season, especially here in the east. I think we can do some big things and I feel the excitement with the team. Being up there at practice and seeing them come together as a team means a lot.”

With Kawhi Leonard joining forces with Paul George on the Los Angeles Clippers,  it does figure to open up opportunities for a young team like the Knicks to potentially sneak into the playoff picture.

New York added Julius Randle, Bobby Portis and Taj Gibson, etc. in free agency.

Jeter helped lead the Yankees to five World Series titles, spending his entire 20-year career in the Bronx and serving as captain from 2003-2014.

Starks along with Patrick Ewing were key pieces of Knicks teams that were a top contender in the Eastern Conference, making it all the way to the NBA Finals in 1994. Starks was also an all-star that same year.

“It’s good to have a bond with someone like him. Who has done it the right way throughout his career and right now…Derek and I are good friends. Just a class individual on and off the court.”

Starks works for the Knicks currently as an alumnus and fan-development official.

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