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NY Post: Nets' Irving, Russell curiosity could '1,000 percent' work
The Nets' summer has been framed as having to pick between keeping D'Angelo Russell or chasing Kyrie Irving. But maybe they don't have to choose.
Sources told The Post that some within Barclays Center feel Russell and Irving could actually coexist. And Kevin Boyle -- the only man who has coached both -- guarantees that together they not only would survive, but would thrive.
Boyle coached Irving at St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, N.J., then guided Russell to two national titles at Montverde (Fla.) Academy. He told The Post that if the Nets can team up his star guards, the friends will make a dynamic duo.
NY Post: Bernard King: Kevin Durant can't let himself become next Patrick Ewing
If Kevin Durant wants to come to the Knicks, he had better bring along another star or he'll wind up like Patrick Ewing -- ringless.
So says Brooklyn-born Bernard King, the former Knicks legend who played a role this past season as rookie Kevin Knox's unofficial mentor.
King, who signed as a Knicks free agent after starting his Hall of Fame career with the Nets, said he still believes New York is a hot spot for NBA players, and the trio of president Steve Mills, general manager Scott Perry and coach David Fizdale will prove inviting to free agents.
Posting and Toasting: This week in Knicks history: the 'Bockers beat the Bulls to advance to Conference Finals
Michael Jordan stood in the way of the Knicks for most of the 1990s, but 25 years ago this week His Airness was off swinging at baseballs while the Knicks were busy beating the Bulls in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals before ultimately advancing to the championship.
Jordan's Bulls had rattled off three straight championships and had eliminated the Knicks from the playoffs in four of the five previous seasons going into the 1993-94 campaign. But then, suddenly and without warning -- perhaps due to a suspension that resulted from gambling? (#ConspiracyAlert) -- Jordan retired to try his hand at baseball, leaving the Eastern Conference wide open for the taking.
On this day in Knicks history (1993), John Starks split two Chicago Bulls defenders for https://t.co/SrZWT0mkfw
Elite Sports NY: New York Knicks draft profile: Texas Tech G Jarrett Culver
Persistence personified. Jarrett Culver's journey towards the top of the 2019 draft class has been characterized by adjustment and hard work. The New York Knicks have will have options when drafting at the number three spot. There may be more exciting athletes with higher potential available, but few will be as solid and as versatile as Culver.
The Texas Tech guard stands at 6-foot-6, 194 pounds, with a 6-foot-9 wingspan per the NBA draft combine. The 20-year-old sophomore, with West Texas roots, reportedly grew an inch or so after his freshman year.
Empire Sports Media: The New York Knicks Are Not Promised Anything
The New York Knicks future is 6 months away. Free agency is what every fan is counting down. It might as well be 6 months from now.
One thing Knicks fans must remember is 2010. That year, LeBron James was a free agent. That year, some Knicks fans 'locked in' the James basket and were disappointed.
It appears like fans are doing the same thing again when it comes to Kevin Durant. We are setting ourselves up for failure.
Just because the Knicks play in New York, does that mean they are owed anything? No. They are already the most valuable franchise and play in the biggest market.
Buckets Over Broadway: New York Knicks: Three potential options for No. 55 in 2019 NBA Draft
The 2019 NBA draft and offseason are both exciting and potentially franchise-altering for the New York Knicks. The stakes are incredibly high; not only do the Knicks have the third overall pick (which is widely projected to be Duke star RJ Barrett), but the team has the financial flexibility for two max players (with over $70 million in cap space). Daily Knicks has also written about who some of those players are (such as league superstar Kevin Durant).
With all this hoopla going on, it's easy to forget about another component of the Knicks' offseason: their second-round draft pick, spot number 55, which was acquired from Houston via trade.
Newsday: Will it be RJ Barrett or Ja Morant available at No. 3 for Knicks
The NBA Draft is still weeks away and other than an interview lasting less than an hour in a Chicago hotel suite, there have been no workouts or measurements of the three players that almost every scout has penciled in as the top three picks this summer.
Duke's Zion Williamson is a fait accompli as the top pick to New Orleans and almost everyone figures Ja Morant, the athletic point guard from Murray State, to go No. 2 to Memphis, which would leave Williamson's Duke teammate, RJ Barrett, for the Knicks at the third spot.
It took less than a day for speculation to begin that the Grizzlies had locked in on Morant -- even though they had not done anything other than sit in a room with him in the hotel.
NY Post: Kevin Durant snaps back at talk of being Warriors outsider
In his first interview since being felled by a calf strain, Kevin Durant gave another indication Friday about still being perceived as a Warriors outsider -- one of the factors in a growing belief he will leave as a free agent.
The Warriors have moved on to The Finals without Durant. On Friday, the elephant in the room surfaced when a reporter asked Durant about "their'' play in sweeping the Blazers in the Western Conference finals. Durant corrected him, saying, "Our play.''
When another reporter asked him if that nuance is indicative of how he's perceived, Durant said: "Most definitely.
Fansided: New York Knicks: NBA Draft history of No. 3 pick in lottery era
The 2019 NBA Draft Lottery did not result in the first pick for the New York Knicks, and it was treated like the latest disappointment for a franchise that just went 17-65. Unlike the Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers, though, the Knicks still landed a top-five selection, landing third overall.
While this spot does not hold as much pull as the opening selection, No. 3 is fine compensation for a team that needs all the talent it can accumulate this offseason.
The modern-day history of this pick is actually terrific. Before the lottery began in 1985, Michael Jordan was selected by the Chicago Bulls this high in the 1983 NBA Draft.
Elite Sports NY: New York Knicks: 'RJ Barrett a lot like James Harden'
The New York Knicks are missing out on Zion Williamson and Ja Morant in the draft. However, they might be able to draft a younger version of James Harden. RJ Barrett has drawn recent comparisons to the MVP candidate.
ESPN analyst Jay Bilas thinks highly of Barrett and believes he is going to develop in a stud at the next level. The Duke alum praised Barrett's play during his freshman year and offered up the Harden comparison to make Knicks fans salivate.
"He's legit,'' Bilas told Marc Berman of the New York Post in a phone interview.
Posting and Toasting: Calling all May P&T mailbag questions!
Jonathan Galassi once wrote a poem called "May." As poems go, it's pretty Knicks-y:
The backyard apple tree gets sad so soon,
takes on a used-up, feather-duster look
within a week.
The ivy's spring reconnaissance campaign
sends red feelers out and up and down
to find the sun.
Ivy from last summer clogs the pool,
brewing a loamy, wormy, tea-leaf mulch
soft to the touch
and rank with interface of rut and rot.
The month after the month they say is cruel
is and is not.
NY Post: LeBron James steps up Kyrie Irving recruitment in bold Instagram move
LeBron James has another superstar target, and the Knicks may have a competitor for Kyrie Irving.
James liked an Instagram post Friday afternoon displaying Irving in a Lakers jersey, adding fuel to the fire that ESPN's Brian Windhorst started Thursday.
"I think Kyrie is considering the Lakers," Windhorst told Stephen A. Smith. "... I know he's in touch with LeBron and LeBron's gonna make a run to recruit him."
The Nets are believed to be ready to make a run at the Elizabeth, NJ native as well.
Irving and James have bridged their differences over the past year.
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NY Post: Knicks' NBA draft dream: RJ Barrett 'a lot like' James Harden
Here's a juicy comparison to chew on over Memorial Day Weekend - courtesy of ESPN's college basketball savant Jay Bilas.
Bilas sees a lot of 2018 MVP James Harden in Duke's lefty 6-7 shooting-guard sniper, RJ Barrett, who should be available at No. 3 when the Knicks are on the clock at the June 20 NBA draft. In fact, Bilas still thinks Memphis has a rough decision with the second pick.
"He's legit,'' Bilas told The Post in a phone interview. "He's worthy of being the No.