Believe it or not, the Knicks don’t have the longest playoff drought in the NBA.
That dubious distinction belongs to the Sacramento Kings. They had their chance in the 2020 NBA Bubble, but played some seriously underwhelming basketball and saw their playoff-less streak extend to 14 years. The pressure became unbearable for longtime GM Vlade Divac, who stepped down Friday.
OK, but what does this have to do with the Knicks? Well, the Kings need a general manager, and ESPN’s Marc J. Spears believes Sacramento could turn their attention to old friend and current Knicks GM Scott Perry.
Kings ownership strongly appreciated Scott Perry for his imprint on the team during his four-month stint as assistant GM. The longtime NBA executive left Sacramento in good graces to New York, too.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) August 14, 2020
Former Knicks president Steve Mills hired Perry away from Sacramento three years ago, and Perry survived the front office upheaval that saw Mills replaced by Leon Rose. Rose kept Perry on to oversee the 2020 draft, but after that he might want to complete the transition by bringing on his own GM. The Knicks sent a second-rounder to Sacramento when they acquired Perry, so the Kings could simply return the favor. There’s a certain beautiful symmetry at work here, is there not? It’s the cirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrcle of liiiiiiiiiiiiiiife.
Perry hasn’t exactly covered himself in glory during his Knicks tenure, so I doubt many fans would be sad to see him gone. Get it done, Leon!