The New York Knicks made their NBA rumor season debut in a blaze of glory on Tuesday when reports emerged from the Big Apple that Phil Jackson was not ruling out trading Kristaps Porzingis when the young star’s name came up in conversations with other teams.
Considering Porzingis is a 22-year-old budding star under two more years of team control for less than $6 million and then will be a restricted free agent, it’s stunning that Jackson wouldn’t take him off the market completely. The report was made worse by the revelation that the Knicks haven’t even spoken with Porzingis since he skipped exit interviews after the end of the regular season.
It felt strange having so much craziness going on in the NBA offseason without so much as a mention of the Knicks, but luckily all that has changed and the Knicks are here to bring some added dysfunction to the party. Phil Jackson was already almost universally despised by Knicks fans for his treatment of Carmelo Anthony last year, coupled with the signings of Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose that crippled the Knicks’ cap space in the name of bringing on aging or injured veterans past their primes.
So, when the Porzingis rumors hit Twitter, unsurprisingly, Knicks fans were not happy. There were a few different approaches to the news from Knicks fans and others. There was outright anger (mostly directed at Jackson), general acceptance that this was just an expected part of the sadness and despair of being a Knicks fan, and then those that just wanted to make jokes through it all.
Here are some of the best reactions from Knicks fans on Twitter (for more you can just check out the #FirePhil hashtag), and we want to say from the bottom of our hearts, we love you Knicks fans and it’s not your fault.