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Some Knicks-related thoughts at the end of the 2018-19 season

Good riddance to a crappy season.

2019 NBA Finals - Game Six Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Well, friends, another NBA season is in the books. Did you enjoy the Finals? Of course you didn’t.

To me, the Finals cemented 2018-19 as the worst season in Knicks history. The regular season was bad — tied with 2014-15 as the worst ever — but at least for a while we could hold onto the hope that next season we would be watching Kevin Durant at the Garden. Usually fans of the worst team in the league can sit back and watch the Finals without watching their hopes crushed. Not the Knicks, though. The Knicks bear witness to this kind of shit...and on the front page, no less.

But the 2018-19 season is over now; it can’t hurt us anymore. So where do the Knicks go from here? I have some thoughts.

  • Call me crazy, but I would still throw a max at Durant. No, he won’t play next season, but barring a miraculous Kawhi Leonard signing (not happening), the Knicks likely won’t find any combination of free agents who can carry them to the playoffs next season. And I trust Durant coming back from an Achilles injury in 2020-21 more than I trust whatever mid-tier guy the Knicks might sign in his place.
  • Lord, how depressing is it that we’re already talking about the season after next season? Such is the life of most 17-win clubs. I’d rather the front office play things cautiously — use their cap space to collect future assets while developing their young players and waiting for a true superstar — than blow their load chasing the 8th seed like they’ve done so many times in the Dolan Era.
  • No matter what happens in free agency, I do not regret the Kristaps Porzingis trade. KP had his moments in a Knicks uniform, and at the time he felt like our entire world, but he never finished a season healthy, his efficiency numbers always fell off a cliff after the first few months, he hasn’t played a minute in nearly two years and he’s due big money. Off the court, I grew sick of him and his brothers. The Porzingii didn’t want him here, and now he’s not here. Peace out.
  • One more reason I don’t mind the Porzingis deal: I’ve actually grown to appreciate Dennis Smith Jr. The young point guard came to New York as part of an unpopular deal and struggled with injuries and bad case of the shooting yips, but he still managed to put up 14.7 points and 5.4 assists per game while showing more defensive tenacity than I expected from him. He fought hard to come back and play a few games at the end of the season for a trash team when he could have just as easily pack it in. The kid genuinely seemed to care, and it was refreshing. Here’s hoping Dennis develops that jump shot in the offseason and quiets the doubters. The Knicks haven’t had an athlete like him at the point guard position in a lonnnnnnnng time.