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Knicks Insider brutally Insults former players

Published January 15, 2024 at 6:57 PM

The recent New York Knicks rebuild has been nothing short of sensational. While every other team goes all out to bring in huge named stars, the Knicks have taken a different route by waiting patiently, acquiring undervalued players that fit their system, and developing talent within the organization. With every move seeming calculated, one insider has now revealed the true reason for their latest trades.

Knicks Recent Trades

With their two biggest stars being Randle and Brunson, most of the Knicks' drafted players have built up the remaining core rotation. Players like Obi Toppin, RJ Barrett, and Immanuel Quickley were all vital pieces in the Knicks' recent playoff appearances and series win against the Cavaliers last year, which is why It came as a surprise that they have all since been traded away.

With Toppin, the Knicks only received 2 second-round picks in return, and many put this down to the Knicks trying to clear financial room. As for the other two players, they were sent in a package for Raptors star OG Anunoby. While everyone thought this was just to add an elite two-way wing player to the squad, the latest reveal from the Knicks insider claimed that both trades were related in terms of the Knicks having a secret goal in mind.

Knicks Secret Goal

What makes the Knicks unique in comparison to most other winning teams in the East is that they are viewed as a team rather than a star or duo carrying a roster. For example, when you play the Bucks, you think of Antetokounmpo and Lillard; when you play the Sixers, you think solely of Joel Embiid, whereas with the Knicks, you view the team as a whole.

This is due to the team identity and culture they have built. Coached by Tom Thibodeau and utilizing strong, tough players like Randle and Brunson, they have established themselves as the workhorse team of the NBA. According to the insider, trading away their homegrown talents was a way to get rid of players who didn't fit the style they're going for.

"One team source pointed out that in moving out Obi Toppin last summer, then Barrett and Quickley recently, 'We got rid of the softies,'"

"The roster now consists nearly completely of hard-nosed defenders and consider the players who are more offensive forces: Jalen Brunson leads the NBA in charges taken and is a fearless leader; Julius Randle plays a brand of bully ball that is hard to match."

While calling the players 'soft' is a bit harsh, it is clear that so far, the Knicks are heading in the right direction with a 23-16 record, including a 6-1 run since the Anunoby trade. In fact, they are drawing comparisons with the 2004 NBA champion Detroit Pistons, who are notorious for winning based on being a tough, hardworking team without any major superstars.

With the Knicks still young, there is time for them to replicate the Pistons' success as they hope to reach the playoffs once again this year.

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Knicks Insider brutally Insults former players

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