Why can’t the Knicks have nice things?
Let’s be completely upfront — I’m depressed right now. Along with being the worst team in the NBA this past season, and a disgrace to the city and the league for the better part of two decades, the New York Knicks have also provoked the wrath of the basketball gods. They didn’t get the #1 overall pick in next month’s NBA Draft and the chance to draft Zion Williamson.
Obviously, there are issues with this. Firstly, THE KNICKS DIDN’T GET THE #1 PICK! Instead, the two teams in the league’s smallest markets, Memphis (#2) and New Orleans (#1), finished above the Knicks (#3) and the Lakers (#4). Besides the fact that, based on the odds, this shouldn’t have happened, it almost seems like the NBA wanted to make up to the Pelicans for the Anthony Davis saga.
This brings me to my next point: The Knicks aren’t the only losing party in this. The other losing party is the NBA. Here’s why. With Zion Williamson in New Orleans (presumably), the NBA has lost a tremendous marketing opportunity since the league won’t have him in New York City. The Action Network’s Darren Rovell tweeted after the lottery that the NBA stands to lose about $100 million/year because Zion will be in New Orleans, a small market, rather than a big market like New York or Los Angeles.
But perhaps the most ridiculous part of all of this is that Williamson doesn’t seem like he wants to go to New Orleans. According to reports, Zion was “quickly whisked out of the room” following the announcement. I wouldn’t be surprised if he does what he can to make sure he bypasses New Orleans in order to make sure that he gets what he wants, but I’m afraid he won’t do it because he’s just too nice.