1. "It's like, the cool thing right now, is not the Knicks."
And with that sentence, Kevin Durant just summed up the state of one of the most pathetic franchises in all of sports.
Yes, we all know Knicks owner James Dolan is awful. And we all know the Knicks have had an epically bad 20-year run. But when you hear one of the top players in the game deliver the blow publicly, it stings.
Here's what Durant, who signed with the Brooklyn Nets this offseason, said on a New York radio station Tuesday morning about the sad sack franchise.
You can't argue with anything Durant says here. Players who are 22 or 23 years old don't care about the history of Madison Square Garden. The days of needing to be in New York to expand your "brand" and land endorsement gigs are long over in the age of social media. And then there's that little thing where the Knicks are actually an embarrassment when it comes to matters on the court.
A lot of you out there reading this hate all things New York sports, so this is a very good day for you.
2. Rob Gronkowski has joined FOX as an analyst and will make debut Thursday on the pregame show before Giants-Patriots. With SmackDown now airing on FOX, is there any doubt we will see Gronk contribute to that coverage as well?
3. Speaking of wrestling, based on this video, the Yankees and Aaron Judge might be more excited about their WWE belt than winning a World Series ring.
4. Great (and classy) response here by Todd Gurley regarding Christian McCaffrey.
5. Very sad, yet powerful words from Alex Trebek here about his fight with cancer and his future hosting Jeopardy!
6. The latest SI Media Podcast features an interview with Triple H about a variety of WWE topics including whether CM Punk will join FS1's weekly WWE studio show, whether NXT vs. AEW can replicate the "Monday Night Wars" and much more.
7. RANDOM YOUTUBE VIDEO OF THE DAY: I said on Twitter this morning that Nick Bosa and Baker Mayfield basically did the Bret Hart-Stone Cold Steve Austin double turn Monday night. For those of you who don't follow wrestling, this means that Austin (Bosa) was a heel and became a fan favorite while Hart (Mayfield) went from fan favorite to heel. Here's how it happened.
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