The biggest surprise of the 2019 NBA offseason was superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving choosing the Brooklyn Nets over the New York Knicks in free agency.
Much speculation has been made about why Durant chose the proverbial “little brothers” in Brooklyn, bypassing on the bright lights of Madison Square Garden and the Knicks.
Brooklyn is fresh off a playoff appearance last season, going 42-40 and securing the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Nets were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in five games by the Philadelphia 76ers. The Knicks have missed the playoffs the last six years.
In addition, Kyrie Irving’s championship resume while a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers and DeAndre Jordan’s playoff experience with the Clippers are well documented, too. Irving grew up a Nets fan and was drawn to Brooklyn over the Knicks.
Taj Gibson and Marcus Morris bring veteran leadership and playoff experience for the Knicks on their 2019-20 roster.
The Knicks and Nets face off Friday night at Barclays Center at 7:30 p.m.