With the New York Knicks in Oakland to play the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, Knicks legend Clyde Frazier says he “meant no disrespect” to Warriors star Kevin Durant when he mentioned over the summer time that Durant deserved an asterisk on a listing of all-time nice gamers due to his success with Golden State.
“I additionally mentioned he is among the best on this planet, proper up there with LeBron [James], and that he is most likely going to be the very best within the recreation,” Frazier mentioned in an interview with the New York Each day Information after the Knicks’ highway loss to the Portland Path Blazers on Monday.
Frazier, a Corridor of Fame guard and analyst for the Knicks on MSG Community, felt the protection of his feedback was “overblown.”
“I used to be flabbergasted,” Frazier instructed the newspaper. “I used to be like, ‘What?’ So individuals have been calling me. My mates have been calling me. And I did not know the magnitude. All these completely different packages have been speaking about it. I used to be like, ‘Wow.'”
The Knicks plan to manage to pay for to signal a prime free agent in the summertime of 2019. Durant has a participant possibility for the 2019-20 season and is anticipated to decline it and take a look at free company this summer time. The Knicks — and plenty of different groups within the NBA — may have curiosity in signing Durant this summer time if he checks free company.
In August, Frazier mentioned that Durant’s success with the Warriors would negatively influence his legacy.
“Durant, I imply, as nice a participant as he’s, I might nonetheless maintain again as a result of, man, he joined a staff that actually did not want him. You already know what I imply?” Frazier mentioned in an interview with Sirius XM NBA Radio. “He is proper there with LeBron, most likely will surpass LeBron as the very best participant within the recreation soon. However for him doing that, I nonetheless do not give him the full credit score that he most likely would have deserved if he stayed with [the Oklahoma City Thunder] and won a title with that staff.”
Frazier was requested within the August interview whether or not Durant’s success with Golden State — two NBA titles and two Finals MVP awards — would have an effect on the place he’d rank him on a listing of all-time nice gamers.
“He is going to be down the listing for me due to that. There can be an asterisk by his identify,” he mentioned, chuckling.
In discussing these feedback on Monday, Frazier mentioned Durant might considerably add to his résumé by successful a title with the Knicks. New York final won a title in 1973 with Frazier main the group.
“I believe that is what he wants. Particularly if the Warriors win this yr, I believe he’d be on the lookout for a special problem,” Frazier mentioned in an interview with the Each day Information. “I do not know a greater place than New York the place he can do it. The place else might he go to get what he is on the lookout for, to be the very best within the recreation? If he might convey a title to New York, that is going to catapult him with [Michael] Jordan and LeBron, I might suppose.”
ESPN’s Ian Begley contributed to this report.