- The NBA held their 2022 Draft on Thursday, June 23..
- As they always do, the New York Knicks found a way to absolutely botch virtually every decision.
- Knicks fans and the NBA world spent the night dunking on the moribund organization.
As a former New Jersey Nets fan, I’ve been without an NBA team for a decade now ever since the organization traded in the Izod Center (lol) in East Rutherford (also lol) for the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn.
Due to my lack of genuine rooting interest in any of the NBA’s teams, I quite often find myself enjoying the misery that the Nets seem to constantly find themselves in, made worse by the purgatorial fact that they usually seem to be on the *brink* of greatness. This, my friends, is known as the Curse of New Jersey. In case the likes of The Sopranos haven’t already taught you, you don’t wanna mess with us.
And as for the Knicks, well… the Knicks have been a trainwreck virtually my entire life. I have faint memories of the Ewing teams from the late 90s and the Sprewell/Houston days from the early 2000s — even that *one* fun season with Melo and Amare back in 2012 — but other than that, it’s nothing but disaster after disaster.
NBA fans rip the New York Knicks for their draft night strategy
Thursday night’s 2022 NBA Draft was just the latest examples of the Knicks Knicksing, as fans and NBA reporters alike we left properly confounded by the team’s draft night moves, which were the following:
What the Knicks did tonight:
NYK trades 11th pick to OKC
OKC trades 3 firsts (23 DEN, DET, WASH) to NYK
NYK then trades 23 DEN, 4 seconds to CHA for 13th pick
NYK then trade 13th pick & Kemba Walker to DET for MKE's 25 first
NYK trades 11, Kemba, 4 2nds & gets 3 future 1sts
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) June 24, 2022
Needless to say, all sorts of Knicks fans — from regular joes getting their hot takes off on Twitter to Stephen A. screaming on ESPN — were furious with the team’s apparent “strategy”:
Knicks saw the Nets looking like the biggest fuck ups in the city today and said not on my watch https://t.co/3kMM50ZbwQ
— ✨🦦America Is Musty🦦✨ (@DragonflyJonez) June 24, 2022
Stephen A Smith is a comedian and roasting the Knicks is one of his best bits. https://t.co/TXvduPwciv
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) June 24, 2022
Whatever the Knicks are doing, they might want to leak it now before the torches and pitchforks converge on MSG.
— Steve Popper (@StevePopper) June 24, 2022
Everytime the Kings look like the dumbest organization ever the Knicks take it as a personal challenge.
— Reggie Saxx (@ReggiSaxx) June 24, 2022
Knicks fans' draft night journey every year pic.twitter.com/AsQrJHq8Er
— Jasmine (@JasmineLWatkins) June 24, 2022
Recapping the first round of the Knicks' draft: pic.twitter.com/0iH0S7zEvk
— Knicks Videos (@sny_knicks) June 24, 2022
ME TRYNA FIGURE OUT WTF THE KNICKS DOIN RN pic.twitter.com/QzJpcJNlQR
— THE KID MERO 🇩🇴 (@THEKIDMERO) June 24, 2022
Knicks fans every year after their team makes a pick:pic.twitter.com/80xJ0R9bZH
— theScore (@theScore) June 24, 2022
Dude… if the Knicks wasted the 11th overall pick just to dump Kemba’s expiring contract (so they can potentially overpay Jalen Brunson)… that’s an absolute atrocity
We’ll wait for more details b/c this is difficult to believe https://t.co/DwWNIFPhEj
— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) June 24, 2022
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 24, 2022
"So the Knicks don't have anyone."
Two Knicks fans trying to figure out what just happened is comedy 🤣 pic.twitter.com/5R9BBkNCuZ
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 24, 2022
Explaining everything the Knicks did tonight pic.twitter.com/fLgLuRa3mN
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) June 24, 2022
THE KNICKS GOT THEIR MAN pic.twitter.com/DALLzgbOOZ
— The Knicks Wall (@TheKnicksWall) June 24, 2022
“The Knicks are moving back, sources tell ESPN.” pic.twitter.com/9ICIq0OwdB
— tyrese (@londonstheory) June 23, 2022
summary of what the Knicks did tonight: pic.twitter.com/zc2hZPtoZ7
— Kevin Thang (@Skip2MyJays) June 24, 2022