The Kemba experiment ended at the end of this year in Boston as he was dealt to OKC, where he, as of today, has agreed to be bought out by OKC and signed by the New York Knicks. As a Knicks fan I'm pretty sure I am happy about this, because on paper the Knicks lineup looks good, but at the same time it makes me a little bit nervous. Kemba did not have a great tenure with Boston and is now in the stage of his career where ESPN personalities are gonna call him an 'aging superstar' (31 years old).... Now for the part where I convince myself the Knicks are a championship contender.
The Knicks filled their needs for next season at the point guard position: all-star caliber guard, not afraid of the big moment, and a veteran leader. The only issue I have with this is that I thought this list of attributes described Damian Lillard, and as a Knicks fan I couldn't help but convince myself Dame would be in the blue and orange come the first game of next year.
Nonetheless, the Knicks are all the way back after last season and solidified themselves, at least in my eyes as a team with a lot of potential next season. Think about it, the first season with Leon driving the boat the Knicks: Drafted Well, Signed the Coach of the Year, Progressed their previous rookies, made the playoffs,turned Julius Randle (who everyone thought was a scrub) into the Most improved player in the NBA, and brought Derrick Rose back to life. Headed into year two, the front office retained there good players, let the bad ones walk, and brought in players who are actually going to help the team. If the Knicks could do all of that in year one with this new leadership, I can't wait to see what they can do in year two.