The New York Knicks open up their 2017-2018 NBA Season on October 19th against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The game is not lacking storylines and it will be aired nationally on TNT.
The New York Knicks stepped into a new era for their franchise last month when they traded Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Anthony had been New York’s best player since hew was traded to the Big Apple in 2011. Disruptive and toxic relationships with the Knicks and their front office ultimately cut the cord between the two.
Anthony has found a nice home in Oklahoma City. He is finally paired with two star players, a feat the Knicks could never accomplish. He is now teamed up with Russell Westbrook, last year’s MVP, and Paul George. Melo won’t have to wait long to play against his former team. The matchup is the first game of this season’s campaign for both.
The Knicks looked miserable in the preseason. Rolling out five losses by pretty sizable margins, the Knicks look to be one of the league’s worst this year. They may have their sights set on some of the young talent that will be available come the NBA Draft next July. A loaded draft class is giving teams a reason to tank.
Kristaps Porzingis will have to go toe-to-toe with his former mentor. The game has a big emotional build up. With Melo being from New York, leaving the Knicks was no easy choice. However, his departure opens the door for Kristaps Porzingis to take over as the Knicks’s primary scoring option. He had a dominant summer at EuroBasket and looked solid so far in the preseason. He and Tim Hardaway Jr. look to be a dynamic 1-2 punch if they can grow together.
Knicks’ rookie Frank Ntilikina will also get a chance to suit up tonight for his NBA debut. It remains to be seen whether he’ll start or come off the bench. That being said, he is being thrown straight into the fire as he’ll have to go up against last year’s MVP, Russell Westbrook, during the contest.
Do not expect the Knicks to make this a game. I love the Knicks, but let’s be serious. This one could get ugly early.
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