It’s times like this I’m tempted to believe what they say about New York in the far reaches of the nation where common sense and clear thinking do not reside: Perhaps we must repent.
After a day like Thursday, perhaps we have some atoning to do.
The Knicks went into Thursday night’s Draft Lottery seeded sixth but with a nine-percent chance of grabbing the top spot and 27.6-percent chance of moving into the Top 3. There also was a 62.8-percent chance of picking between Nos. 6 and 10.
So, in keeping with recent history, the Knicks dropped to No.8 where they have the opportunity to draft – who?
This is not considered a particularly strong draft. And the cancelation of March Madness due to the coronavirus has made this draft even less of certain thing. This is as good as certain. The chance of picking point guard LaMelo Ball, shooting guard Anthony Edwards or Memphis big man James Wiseman are slim to none.
This on the same day the Mets game against the Marlins in Miami was postponed after one of the Amazin players and one coach reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus. The first game of Friday night’s Subway Series in Queens also has been postponed and the rest of the series is in jeopardy.
And the Yankees got swept at home for the first time since the 2017 when the Tampa Rays rocked the Bombers, 10-5, in the Bronx. The loss knocked the Yankees out of first place in the AL East.
Starting pitcher James Paxton (elbow/forearm tightness) and shortstop Gleyber Torres (left hamstring tightness) both were being evaluated after game with Paxton going for an MRI. Relief pitcher Zack Britton (hamstring) was placed on the Injured List before the game.
The Knicks were hoping a new regime would bring better luck. Not since 1985, when the Knicks skyrocketed to the No.1 pick and took Georgetown center Patrick Ewing has the franchise moved up. New GM Leon Rose, coach Tom Thibodeau and the draft team have their work cut out.
The Knicks might get lucky on October 16th in the NBA Draft but they didn’t on August 20th. No New York team did.