This is the dilemma of all Knicks fans with a sense of hope that is always struggling with an equal appreciation of the story:
You heard that Kemba Walker is available, that the Charlotte Hornets are thinking of trading the electric guard who cut his basketball teeth in the Bronx, starred Harlem & # 39; s Rice High (RIP, sigh), drove Connecticut to a national title in 2011 and made his first NBA All-Star team last year .
Listen to that, and it's impossible not to let your imagination run wild: what it would be like to equal the 27-year-old point guard with Kristaps Porzingis, a combination of Special-K that sure sounds like a very safe base for the Knicks, not to mention nothing what it could mean for your playoff hopes for this year.
Listen to that, imagine that, and the impulse is this: do it. Discover what you have to discover. Just do it.
And that's when reality abruptly interrupts those daydreams, because it's not necessarily that you do not trust Steve Mills and Scott Perry to make an important transaction that will affect the team's future … it's, well, you probably do not trust anyone at this time.
The name "Bargnani" still gives you chills.
You still remember that to obtain the services of Eddy Curry, the Knicks sent the future number 1. the preliminary elections used in LaMarcus Aldridge (simply writing that they can make him furious) and Joakim Noah (the non-calcified version).
If you're old enough, you may remember that the election Scottie Pippen finally gave you in 1987 belonged originally to the Knicks, before they dealt it out in an exchange in which the centerpiece was … anyone? Gerald Henderson (who played a total of 74 games as Knick).
So you're shy because … well, who would not be? One of the few positive things about Phil Jackson's performance is that he did not exile any No. 1 in quick fix agreements. And if the Knicks' own tortured story is not enough, all they have to do is look across the river in the permanent purgatory that the Nets built for them.
Here's the thing, though.
It would be nice to be able to build a team organically, through the draft, using your own intelligence and experience to build a playoff list. The Warriors, after all, built their championship core by writing Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green between 2009-2012. But the 76ers have picked up high draft picks as if they were baseball cards every year since 2013, and because of their problems are death and death for the No. 8 seed in the East.
Most teams are built in both directions: intelligent writing, intelligent treatment. The Knicks won two titles because they made three incredibly intelligent exchanges in the space of three years, acquiring Dave DeBusschere, Earl Monroe and Jerry Lucas. The 1994 Knicks came to a game in another title because even though everyone knew they needed a point guard, they could get Derek Harper for Tony Campbell and a draft pick that became the immortal John Thomas (2.7 ppg) in three seasons of the NBA).
At some point, the Knicks will have to make difficult decisions and press the high-risk buttons. Is Walker worthy of that? Put it this way: he would not let Frank Ntilikina get in his way. And he would not let a distant No. 1 selection, even if it's only 2019 what he's talking about, get in the way because the best plan would be that the selection would not be that high, given that the Knicks would go up in the standings.
But the election next year? That is the one who has to stay here. That is the one that has to stay at home. Walker is a tempting player, and that Special-K duo would be fun to watch. Assume that it is part of a larger plan, a better plan. It's not easy to be a fan of the Knicks. And even less being the guys who finally have to trace that path.