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Fate Continues to Laugh In the Face of the New York Knicks After Minnesota Timberwolves Win No. 1 Pick In NBA Draft

Executive chairman and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company and executive chairman of MSG Networks James L. Dolan attends a game between the New York Knicks and the Phoenix Suns during the 2019 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 7, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Executive chairman and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company and executive chairman of MSG Networks James L. Dolan attends a game between the New York Knicks and the Phoenix Suns during the 2019 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 7, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Photo: Ethan Miller (Getty Images)

There’s bad luck, “an unfortunate set of circumstances,” being outright cursed and the New York Knicks.

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Heading into Thursday night’s NBA Lottery, the same team that missed out on the Zion Williamson sweepstakes last summer, then scared off Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving as free agents, had a nine percent chance of landing the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Sadly, once fate got wind of these odds, it keeled over with laughter before muttering, “Oh, you really thought I was gonna let y’all live?” Then with a snap of its finger and a foot firmly entrenched in Knicks owner James Dolan’s ass, fate did what fate does: wipe its ass with the Knicks yet again.

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You hate to see it, but it sure as hell didn’t stop NBA Twitter from clowning.

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For those wondering, the last time the Knicks won the top pick in the NBA Draft was in 1985—Patrick Ewing anyone?—and it’s been a torrential downpour of disappointment and disarray ever since.

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The Golden State Warriors, whose 2020 season might as well have contracted COVID-19 after finishing with the worse record in the league, were rewarded with the No. 2 pick in the upcoming draft. But Thursday night’s big winner was the Minnesota Timberwolves, who entered the night with a 14 percent chance to win the top pick and did exactly that.

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“There’s a lot of steps left in this journey for us, but today was a significant one,” Gersson Rosas, Timberwolves president of basketball operations, said after winning the NBA Lottery. “We’re excited about the potential level of player that we can add to our organization, but at the same time, we are going to be very aggressive and look at every avenue to improve this team. We have two young stars in Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell that we’re building this together [with]. We’ve got a great young core that’s young and being one of the youngest, if not the youngest, team in the NBA. We have a lot of upside.

“But this allows us to take a major step in talent acquisition, whether it’s in the draft or the trade market, whatever the case may be. It really positions us well moving forward.”

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The Timberwolves have plenty of holes on their roster and are expected to take either Georgia phenom Anthony Edwards or combo-guard LaMelo Ball with the top pick. Meanwhile, the Knicks will be off somewhere crying in the car.

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Please keep the Knicks faithful in your thoughts and prayers.

Menace to supremacy. Founder of Extraordinary Ideas and co-host and producer of The Extraordinary Negroes podcast. Impatiently waiting for ya'll to stop putting sugar in grits.

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DISCUSSION

The Knicks and the NHL Rangers will be cursed as long as poor little rich boy, garbage person and failed musician James Dolan haunts MSG.

Forget his selling the team, he’s already bled it dry. The City of New York needs to condemn the whole organization for the public good.