Julius Randle isn’t buying the notion the the Knicks aren’t cool.
In reaction to Kevin Durant’s rather harsh opinions on the Knickerbockers, the newest member of the Orange and Blue spoke up to defend his team.
“S**t, I know I feel cool putting on that blue and orange,” said Randle, who signed a three-year, $62 million deal with the organization this summer, according to Steve Popper of Newsday. “I don’t know about everybody else, but I feel pretty cool wearing my Knicks gear everyday.”
His sentiment is clear: he still feels the allure of the franchise. Durant and seemingly many other stars in the NBA feel differently. Here is the comment that drew so much attention to the subject:
“I think a lot of fans look at the Knicks as a brand and expect these younger players in their lifetime don’t remember the Knicks being good,” Durant told SI early this week. “I’ve seen the Knicks in the Finals, but kids coming up after me didn’t see that. So that whole brand of the Knicks is not as cool as let’s say the Golden State Warriors, or even the Lakers or the Nets now.”
Durant is right in that the Knicks have fallen on hard times. At the very least, their attractiveness has gone down as a result.
But Madison Square Garden, the big market of New York City, and the rich culture that comes with being a Knick is something that will never go away. It’s one of the biggest stages in the NBA. And, cool or not, they are cut from a different cloth than most other teams.
So far, that has not been enough to get stars into the city. They think the Knicks are doomed. Randle, RJ Barrett, and others are hoping to change that perception.