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Patrick Ewing: What Kevin Durant Would Mean to the Knicks

April 06, 2019 - 8:30 am

(CBS Sports Radio) With the NBA playoffs looming, speculation has already shifted to the offseason -- to New York, in particular. Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant reportedly plans to join the Knicks in free agency.

That would be a seismic move for a franchise that has missed the playoffs in 14 of the last 18 seasons.

"I'm not sure what he's going to do, but Kevin Durant is a great player," Knicks legend Patrick Ewing said on "Tiki & Tierney" on Friday. "He's one of the top five players in the league. If he comes to New York, that would be great. That means that he believes in the things that Fiz (David Fizdale) is saying and doing, and it's only going to get better. I admire Kevin. He's a great player. For a person of his size at 6-10 to be able to do the things that he can do is remarkable."

The Knicks (15-64) are on pace for the worst record in franchise history, surpassing the 2014-15 season, when they finished 17-65. Durant could change the Knicks' fortunes in a hurry.

Ewing, who is now the coach at Georgetown, was asked what the Knicks have to do to change the perception of the franchise.

"To me, win," Ewing said. "Mr. Dolan is Mr. Dolan. He's going to be there. He's the owner. He's the one that's writing the checks. I was able to play for him, and I liked the guy. But are they going to win? Winning cures all. I could be the worst person in the world, but if I'm winning, they're going to forget all about that."