The Knicks are looking for a star and can truly take advantage of a player who holds people accountable when needed. Although New York has been in the rebuilding process for years, no one has been able to rise up as a leader and set an example for young newbies.
Kristaps Porzingis has been in the spotlight for half of a season, but the Knicks didn’t really have a veteran to help guide him as he tried to get stardom in New York.
If Russell Westbrook becomes a Knick, not only will New York get an All-Star leader, but it will also add some much-needed New York oomph. During the past season, Walt “Clyde” Frazier repeatedly repeated that “people are no longer afraid to come to [MSG]”. An intimidating player like Westbrook provides the Knick offense with a dominant force and someone who can take control of a match.
While we’ve seen small signs of improvement, many people believe a big problem with guys like Kevin Knox and Frank Ntilikina is that they’re not aggressive enough up and down the floor. Westbrook provides a visual example of fire and desire for young players and this is a great way for him to be the aforementioned mentor of the team.