Former NBA champion and current ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins installed the New York Knicks as a legitimate championship contender following Thursday’s trade deadline.
The Knicks addressed their problems by bolstering their depth with the acquisition of veterans Alec Burks and Bojan Bogdanovic in a trade that was lauded throughout the NBA. They did it without giving up any first-round picks.
“The only thing the Knicks lacked was depth. And right now they’re deeper than the Pacific Ocean and everyone else in the Eastern Conference needs life jackets, including the Boston Celtics,” Perkins bravely told NBA Today on Feb. 8, moments after the Knicks had completed trade with Detroit Pistons. “This New York Knicks team is a legitimate title contender this season.”