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Doc Rivers Says He Thought Kevin Durant Was Going To The Knicks To Be "The King Of New York"

(via Daily Knicks)

(via Daily Knicks)

Following the Brooklyn Nets' 104-99 defeat in Game 2 today, fans are already looking to the future as hope dwindles for their current run.

With Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving set to return alongside guys like Joe Harris, Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, and Spencer Dinwiddie, they will likely be a team to fear in the 2020-21 season.

But for some, the fact that Durant chose the Nets instead of the Knicks is still a hard pill to swallow. In an appearance on The Boardroom podcast with Rich Kleiman, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said he felt as if KD would join the Knickerbockers in 2019 free-agency.

“Early on, I was like, ok, Rich is from New York, [Durant] can be the King of New York City, I got a feeling KD is going to the Knicks,” Rivers said.

“Listen, I’m in the league and I actually thought that so you know everybody else thought it as well.”

Even now, there isn't a bigger market in the NBA than the New York Knicks. They've got a world-famous arena and thousands of loyal fans who keep the stadium selling out season after season.

But the Knicks haven't been a model of success these past few years and their dysfunction has turned many stars away from the franchise, including Durant.

With the Nets, Durant gets the best of both worlds -- to live in New York City and play for a team with a real chance to win.

Once he comes back, it will be awesome to see what he is able to do.