The other streak? The Knicks have missed the playoffs for five consecutive years. That will likely continue with Kristaps Porzingis out indefinitely, but the franchise could have problems staying on top of Forbes’ valuations next year. The No. 2 franchise, the Lakers ($3.3 billion), just signed LeBron James, and No. 3 Golden State ($3.1 billion) is favored to three-peat as it prepares to move to San Francisco in 2019.
But he’s also played for three different teams since going undrafted out of Indiana in 2016. Given the composition of the roster, the Knicks would’ve been better off cutting a guard but Ron Baker, who is still recovering from shoulder surgery, is guaranteed $4.5 million next season, and Damyean Dotson is guaranteed $1.4 million as last year’s second-round pick.
“In Israel, the one thing was he was missing was that mean, competitive streak that you get playing in the United States, playing in the streets,” said Hazan, an Israeli-American from the Bronx. “That was something he didn’t have coming into training camp with the Pelicans, things like that. Now, you see that aggressiveness – willing to bump bodies with players, go at players. That was something that I think he wasn’t able to develop being in Israel. Basketball isn’t like that in Europe.”
Irving, who will be the Knicks’ free-agent target a year from now, sat courtside and witnessed five turnovers from Knox and 10 missed shots on 15 attempts. His feats of athleticism in Summer League, while utterly impressive, also have to be measured by Knox’s carelessness with the ball. He has 16 turnovers in four games while shooting just 37 percent.
Sometimes that energy has translated to recklessness, which turned into 18 fouls over the three games (in Summer League players are allowed 10 fouls per game). Other times, it has resulted in blocks on defense and dunks on offense. He is averaging 11.3 points, three blocks and nine rebounds while shooting 68%.