For most of last season, everybody thought Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were going to sign with the New York Knicks in the summer, as their time with their respective teams were running out.
However, the Knicks ended up empty-handed while those stars took their talents to their city rivals, the Brooklyn Nets, turning the table in their favor regarding the best team in town.
This wasn't actually a surprise as it always seems as if the Knicks find a way to mess things up during free agency and end up overpaying for players that aren't worthy of signing such huge contracts.
That's why Jared Dudley was pretty harsh with his words towards the organization, as he knows most players would love to play in the Madison Square Garden, but refuse to doing so because of the way they handle things:
“Listen, we bash on the Knicks because of how they’re run as an organization. Seventy percent of the league would want to play for the Knicks. I lived in New York. New York is one of the best cities to play in. The Knick fans, besides Lakers fans, are probably No. 2 when it comes to popularity. People are just waiting for it to be, in their eyes, a competent (franchise), Dudley claimed on an interview with The Athletic.
Moreover, Dudley thinks that another factor that comes into consideration when thinking about signing there is the fact that their practice facility is all the way to Westchester, far away from the Big Apple. As a matter of fact, he went as far as stating that it was the reason why the Nets wound up signing Kevin Durant:
“The first thing I would be doing? I’d be getting rid of that practice facility in Westchester. Nobody wants to live there, no one wants to commute there. You have to get as close to the city as possible. That’s why Brooklyn got Kevin Durant. I told DeAndre Jordan who told Kevin Durant: The practice facility is two minutes from (Barclays Center). They didn’t even know that. I lived in the city. It took me 12 minutes to get to the practice facility. That’s a huge bonus," Dudley concluded.
He's not the first player to praise the Nets organization for the way they're working towards becoming a contending team, and with the basketball mecca right there, it'll be hard for superstars to snub the Nets for many years to come.