I stayed up ’til 5am watching the encore presentation of the Oklahoma City Thunder visiting the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The atmosphere in the Garden was electric. Tracy McGrady was making his Garden debut along with Eddie House. Kevin Durant was in town with the Thunder. I should have gone to the Garden and scalped a ticket for this tilt. It ended up being one of this season’s classic contests.

The Knicks battled well with the Thunder all game long. They even had a lead at several points throughout the game including the final seconds of regulation play. That is when Kevin Durant sent the Garden faithful back into their seats for an overtime period. The Thunder needed a three point play to tie the game and put an overtime period into the books. Durant hit the contested shot straight and true. When I tell you he is the best player in the league right now I am not bullshitting you. Kevin Durant is the new King. BERNARD KING.

Bernard King is my favorite Knick of all time alongside Patrick Ewing. There was not a shot in the Garden that Bernard wouldn’t take, AND make. He was a forward with quickness and body control and a killer instinct. Bernard King used to wear Larry Bird’s ass out [ll] on the regular. Bernard used to wear everyone in the league’s ass out [ll] for that matter. Standing at 6-9 you could not guard him with a taller player. I remember watching Ralph Sampson attempt to guard Bernard and dude was looking like a mannequin as ‘Nard moved around him like a slalom gate. If you were shorter than Bernard he would just shoot over the top of your head like it wasn’t no thing.

the king

The only thing that did stop Bernard was his body. He tore his ACL and missed playing with Ewing during his rookie campaign. If Bernard had been healthy the Knicks with him and Ewing would have made New York jump like Rod Strickland. When I watched Kevin Durant play last night it was like watching the second coming of Bernard King. Durant can get his shot off anywhere on the floor. He can put the ball down on the floor and penetrate to the rim[ll]. Mainly, he can finish plays with a score. I’m calling him the MVP this season. Fux a LeBron.

The advantage that Durant has over my Brooklyn hero King is that Durant plays better defense on the ball. Last night Durant was matched up at times against Tracy McGrady (who found the bottom of the net quite often as well), but mostly against Wilson Chandler who was terribly overmatched by the league’s most dynamic player. Just wait until Durant starts going on those 40point streaks. Bernard would have a week or two of those. Just torching whichever teams came to MSG. I’m rooting for Kevin Durant to have as much success and more for his career. Word to Walt Whitman Houses and the King brothers from Fort Greene.

the king


  1. atifl says:

    Durant’s only 21 as well, sons got a bright future ahead no doubt.

  2. $yk! says:

    Durant can get his shot off anywhere on the floor

    ^ (II)

    DURANTULA! The kid is nice. We will be bar fighting for years over here over the Oden/Durant draft picks. NY 4eva but they have one of the corniest uniforms in the NBA.

    BTW why is no one saying anything about ‘Bron wearing the NY colorway for the Cavs???

  3. fredMS says:

    the knicks should be renamed ‘the heartbreakers’, or ‘the losers’ even.

  4. sealsaa says:

    I was geeked that T-Mac had a great game. Him, David Lee and Eddie House make a nice little squad. Can’t wait to see the Darantula in the playoffs. Can’t help but be reminded of how Chris Paul took the west by storm in the ’08 playoffs.

  5. Chris says:

    It would be scary to see Durant, develop into that Kobe mind frame. I will destroy everything and everybody. He would give King James a run for his money in the years to come.

  6. bottomlesspedro says:

    Bernard King was the illest pure scorer. Im a Warriors fan so I’ve got some early memories of him playing for the W’s and going off. The Durant/Bernard comparison is spot on, Durant is that good and then some. And thanks for the Scanner Darkly swag, DP! You’ve gotta be the hardest working man on these internets. multiple posts here and at ihiphop, you got the 9-5 and still got time to send out stuff to your readers. Chea!

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  7. getthesenets says:

    bernard played in the era of elite small forwards…

    and he beasted and feasted(no walt frazier)…

    i think carmello anthony is the closest thing to that era of elite 3s…complete game…outside shooting, mid range game….get his own shot, put ball on the floor, strong post game

    kd is good…..but carmello is for the children

  8. Casimir says:

    goddamn that was a good game. no expectations for the rest of the season but just fun to see this permutation of knicks team.

  9. John Galt says:

    Love the look back at ‘Nard. Here’s my take on Durant after meeting him on Friday:

  10. forever real talk says:

    lebron james is the best player in the game but durant moved up to no .2

  11. getthesenets says:


    over kobe, wade, and carmello?


  12. the_dallas says:

    Right now Kevin Durant is playing better than all of the above. Over the course of his career if he stays healthy he will be better than all, possibly even Kobe, but that is a stretch.

    I mean, replace each of those players with Kd and imagine what he would do with those teams. Of all those players mentioned I think D.Wade is closest to Durant in doing the most with the least support around him.

  13. thekid10705 says:

    Word Up! Thunder have a nice team too, Jeff Green is a BEAST!!

    Plus, Durant has one of the top 3 monikers in the league: DURANTCHULA!

  14. getthesenets says:


    dude is beasting right now….but he has to do 2 things..

    -get his weight up, so he can drive and finish better..getting your dunk blocked by ginobili(?) is…is…..not what’s hot in the streets

    -gotta get in and do work in the post season

    the skills and shooting range are there..there were skinny guys in the league who were stronger than they looked… comes to mind….but kd needs to get stronger…maybe do more squats and do calisthenics for his upper body..

    your analysis is on point….kd plays with some non descript players and somehow they play well and win….
    he might as well be K(C)…cause those other players might as well be the sunshine band…

    lot of pressure playing when you know that if you don’t score over 23..your team is gonna lose…

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