Preparing for Thursday’s draft without a lottery pick for the first time since 2004, the Knicks front office and fans alike have admitted that they do not know how to completely squander this year’s pick as they have in previous years.
Knicks owner James Dolan expressed his frustration in a public statement.
“How can we waste a 17th pick in a manner that our fans have come to anticipate and accept?” asked Dolan. “It’s not valuable enough to trade away to get over-the-hill, out-of-shape, moody veterans, and expectations are so low that even if we completely butcher the pick, no one’s going to blink an eye.”
Knicks fans also admitted to being unsure how to handle the situation. Long time Knicks fan Joey Vittone, who plans to attend the draft at the Prudential Center in Newark.
“I don’t know,” said Vittone. “There’s so little expectation for it, I can’t really be upset by anything we do with the pick. It’s going to feel really strange not booing whoever the Knicks pick.”
By Jeff GoodSmith