Phil Jackson wants Kevin Durant on his team. So do I.
The New York Knicks executive and formerly prized and esteemed NBA head coach traded for Derrick Rose yesterday, and apparently believes this will help him lure the Durantula to Manhattan, according to reports from Frank Isola of New York Daily News.
Indications from Durant’s camp have been minimal, but they certainly suggest one thing consistently: a prerogative to win a championship right away. The Knicks have missed the playoffs three years in a row, and been something of a punchline around the league, with their selection of Kristaps Porzingis high in last year’s draft standing as a rare morsel of optimism. The once-great Rose and Durant are close, but their friendship is not so peachy that it would lead Durant to derail his career.
I, too, plan to call Durant on July 1, when the free agency period begins in earnest. I’ll try to entice him for a jaunt with my buddies at the local school playground by showing him the pull-out bed from my couch, which he might be able to sleep on if he squeezes tight into a fetal position. Sources say that Jackson is worried about my very competitive counter-offer.