For as many times as the Patriots make it to the AFC Championship game and the Packers put themselves in the playoff picture, each year there are multiple teams that seemingly come out of the blue to achieve big time success.
Okay, Knicks fans. Phil Jackson has let you down. Multiple seasons of little to no progress, and now floating around the idea of trading away the one thing that has given you all faith: Porzingod. I understand completely why my timeline is full of Knicks fans who are threatening to burn down the Garden if this trade goes through, but is this actually the first move I like by Phil Jackson? Look, I’m a die hard Celtics fan. The idea of the Kristaps coming to Boston sounds too good to be true. Players like him who are only 21-years-old hardly come to the market. However, this is the perfect time to deal him if I’m the Knicks. Kristaps has reportedly had zero contact with the Knicks personnel since the season ended. He’s entering year three of his four-year deal. Do you think Pacers fans are sad that they didn’t trade Paul George last year? I know I would be. This offseason has every single team looking at their future stars and wondering what will happen. GM’s have no choice but to make every single player available. Are the Knicks (a team who won 31 games last year) close to competing with the Warriors or Cavs? HELL NO. The fact of the matter is, they aren’t even close to getting out of the first round. Kristaps is their one chance to enhance this team. It’s proven that one player — regardless of how good they are — cannot carry a team. Look at New Orleans, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Oklahoma City. You can try and do it, and you will fail.
Michael Jordan is the greatest player to ever touch a basketball and that is something that can not be debated. However, there have been several things debated ever since “His Airness” hung up the sneakers, with the most popular being “Who is the next best?” or “Who is the most Jordanesque”. While they may seem like one in the same, if you really think about it, they are not the same questions. While the former asked “Who is the next best player?”, there are many debates that try to answer that question, with most ending with Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, or some iteration of the two. The latter actually asks about the “Jordanesque” factor, or who most closely resembles “MJ”. This to me is what separates the questions as there are several factors that go into answering it, but the one that most closely resembles “His Airness” may surprise you.