The Knicks have done it again, they have managed to take what should be an exciting day for fans and make it stressful. As a Knick fan, I have resigned to the fact that they are bad, and that they are not necessarily known for making good decisions but they had a legitimate chance to make a big splash in last nights draft. This year’s draft class was not particularly strong, but there were a few players that seemed to be “game changers,” and the Knicks may have failed to grab one of them. The Knicks did the unthinkable and drafted European born player, Kristaps Porzingis, with the fourth overall pick much to the dismay of the entire city. Porzingis is very talented and might possibly be the best player in this draft, but New York fans want big flashy talent, and immediate results. The problem with drafting a foreign player is their lack of familiarity with the American style of basketball, and when they are picked this high in the draft, they almost always fail to live up to the hype. I am an upset fan, but at the same time, part of me fully expected the Knicks to somehow draft this guy. I really hope the Knicks management knows what they are doing, and that they make plans for this kid’s success. There is now a city worth of pressure on the shoulders of this 19 year old, and if he fails to deliver, the Knicks may not see relevance for another 10 years.
The NFL draft is only days away, and I as a football fan, am extremely excited. I see the NFL draft as the first official day of the NFL season, and the day that teams set as the turning point for the future of their franchise. In the draft each team gets to choose the best talent available from a pool of eligible college players, with the season’s worst team getting the first pick. This year my favorite team, the New York Giants, did quite poorly and ended up with the 9th pick in the draft. While I was upset at the outcome of the season, I am excited for the team’s future. The Giants faced many injuries last year, and did not fully get a grasp of their new offensive scheme until halfway through the season, so this new year should bring only optimism for Giants fans. After watching last season it is clear that the Giants have several spots where they could draft top talent to fill, but the Giants have always shown to be a team that drafts the best player available, no matter the position, or if they need the player. I am confident in the abilities of the Giants’ front office to do what is right for the team, they have showed time and time again that they know what they are doing, and they keep a positive vision of the future of the team. The NFL is a competitive league, and with 31 other teams in the same position as the Giants, it would be absurd for me to say they will definitely win the Super Bowl next year, but as a fan I wouldn’t dare believe anything different.