The New York Knicks will not have it easy to start the 2017-18 season. The ‘Bockers will kick off the campaign on Thursday, Oct. 19 in the capital of fracking as they take on Russell Westbrook, Paul George (!!!) and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
So, yeah. That looks like a loss.
Season openers don’t really mean much, but this is a bit of a tough break for Frank Ntilikina. First he missed Summer League with a knee bruise, only to immediately be labeled a massive draft-day mistake because Dennis Smith Jr. had a few good games and practice dunks. Now he will begin his NBA career on national TV in the shadow of the reigning MVP, Russ.
(Yes, I know he probably won’t start the opener, but that won’t be the story if he struggles. Also the Knicks’ veteran point guards are pretty rough, so Frankie Nicotine might have to start anyway.)
Eh, screw it...bring on the Thunder. Let a newly-ripped Kristaps Porzingis reintroduce himself to a nationwide audience alongside Tim Hardaway Jr. and the Young Euros. Let Michael Beasley outscore Paul George somehow. Let them go into OKC and shock the whole damn world. Go the Knicks!