The New York Knicks’ plan to build a contender hasn’t changed since Kristaps Porzingis’ injury.
It’s really easy for New York Knicks’ fans to hang their heads and sulk about how their team is cursed after Kristaps Porzingis’ injury this past week.
But let’s be honest, the Knicks are in good shape.
The reason I say this is because while everyone has been hopeful that the Knicks are finally a team that can make the playoffs as they rebuild with younger players, they’re still not ready to compete for a title, so making the postseason is irrelevant.
The Knicks are still two years away from being a true contender in the NBA and that’s if they can hit on their draft picks and sign at least one star player during the summer of 2019, when guys like Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard will hit the open market.
Until then, the Knicks get to take a close look at players like Luke Kornet, Emmanuel Mudiay, Trey Burke, Frank Ntilikina and others as they rebuild.
Knicks’ general manager Scott Perry reminded everyone on Friday that they still have a plan and Porzingis’ injury doesn’t change that.
“It wasn’t going to be an overnight turnaround,” Perry said, via the New York Post. “We’re going to continue to add talent. We’re going to continue to make moves that are very prudent not only from a talent perspective but managing the salary cap. We have a plan in place to get there.”
Unlike other pro sports, it takes time to build a title contender in the NBA and Perry understands that Knicks’ fans are getting antsy.
He even acknowledged “the fan base enduring a lot of tough years.”
“But I’m excited and invigorated as ever that we’re going to be able to get where we want to get,’’ Perry added. “Got to just stay the course. … It’s not going to deter us from what we’re trying to accomplish since we got here.”
People migt be sick of the Philadelphia 76ers slogan, “trust the process,” but that’s what it is in the NBA. It takes a process to build a championship team and the Knicks are going through with their own process.