The scene was somewhat reminiscent of when Cleveland came to NY early in the 2008-09 season, shortly after the Knicks made a pair of trades that signaled they would be big spenders when LeBron James headlined the class in the summer of 2010.
"At the end of the day, I'm going to do what I feel is best for my career", said Irving, who was then asked if his plan to re-sign with Boston had changed and replied: "Ask me July 1".
"I respect the Knicks organization", Irving said.
So the former New Jersey high school star figured it would be a scene when he was back in the area. He's a guy that's very polarizing in the National Basketball Association and the World.
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"I mean, it would be dope to play with KD and Kyrie, but whichever team drafts me, I'll be ready to play hard and work", Williamson said, according to ESPN's David M. Hale.
The Knicks' new players were not available, so they started Dotson and Kadeem Allen as guards.
The short-handed lineup hung around into the fourth quarter before opening February with a loss after going a combined 3-24 in December and January.
In other games, Kemba Walker scored 23 points, Marvin Williams hit two key three-pointers and Bismack Biyombo swatted away a pair of late shots as the Charlotte Hornets beat the depleted Memphis Grizzlies 100-92. "As I certainly read through it, I saw it certainly wasn't just what was presented this morning", Stevens said. He said he didn't question whether there was more he could have done to keep Porzingis happy in NY. "I think it's well-documented how close we are, so that's my guy".
"I can't personalize that and put that on me", Fizdale said.