Doc Rivers thought Kevin Durant would go to the Knicks, be the ‘king of New York City’

Like many fans and analysts last year, Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers thought Kevin Durant would join the New York Knicks on free agency.

Appearing on The Boardroom podcast with Rich Kleiman, Rivers said he felt Durant would sign with the Knicks and become “the king of New York City.”

During the 2018-19 season, there were rumors that Durant would leave the Golden State Warriors after the season, and the Knicks have gained steam as a potential landing spot.

An NBA player agent told The Athletic’s Frank Island in December 2018 that “everyone” was saying the Knicks were seriously at stake for Durant.

However, that didn’t work out for the Knicks, who saw Durant team up with Kyrie Irving to sign with the Brooklyn Nets in July 2019.

In a radio interview with New York’s Hot 97 last October (h / t ESPN), Durant said he “didn’t do any full analysis” on the Knicks prior to free agency and said the organization “doesn’t. cool “for today’s gamers due to its lack of success over the past two decades.