The New York Knicks haven’t stopped taking L’s for 50 odd years – their biggest turning down Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
The New York Knicks are notorious for making appalling decisions in the trade market – including this year’s Jalen Brunson trade. Always giving up more than necessary, the Knicks became the laughingstock of fans. However, this year’s complex business scenario is just a drop in the ocean. Because in 1975, they committed a blunder that no one dared to commit.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was tired of living in Milwaukee – as a New York man, he wanted to go home. In 1975 he sent a call to pick me up from the Knicks, who turned it down. It was a team whose best player on the field was Walt Frazier. The team turned him down because they thought they had a “decent” team.
Kareem then moved to the Lakers, as his hopes of moving to his hometown were dashed. During his unveiling as a Laker, The Big A (even his nickname was close to New York’s) explained that he wanted to go home and play for the Knickerbockers. But he was also pleased with the efforts of the Purple and Gold to bring him to the West Coast.
He generously repaid them for the trust placed in him, winning 5 Lakers championships during his time there.
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was determined to get home – Knicks let man walk to opposite coast and gave Lakers 5 championships
The New York Knicks are like America – A once-great organization that now parades around in a Gucci belt with a** guys. Current fans haven’t seen a title scroll, nor have their parents in all likelihood. Their coach Tom Thibodeau was 15 the last time they won the title. Stephen A. Smith was 6 years old and the Roe vs. Wade debate was brought to the Supreme Court for the first time.
It was a team that could have had Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Walt Frazier, Phil Jackson, Bob McAdoo and Spencer Haywood but turned down the opportunity. They went from winning two championships in the early 70s to absolutely nothing for the next 49 years.
This season marks the start of the 50th season since the Knicks have won nothing. And with the looks of things, Spike Lee will never film another trophy parade in his lifetime. The Knicks are a big market team, whose rowdy neighbors are now better than them. The New Jersey Nets (started as the New York Nets) weren’t formed until 1976, but they hold more power now.
The tri-state area should accept that Brooklyn now has the best basketball team, as well as the best pizza. The New York Slice is great, but Brooklyn Pizza is better.
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