The premiere of the documentary “NYC Point Gods” brought an NBA crowd to Manhattan’s Midnight Theater on Tuesday night, and the red carpet provided some interesting notes that we’ll detail below.
The film’s producer, Kevin Durant, did not speak amid his business request, and his agent Rich Kleiman declined to explain why his client wanted to leave the Nets.
But we also got the chance to catch up with several current and former NBA players.
Celtics star KD isn’t joining the rumors
With the Celtics and Nets discussing a trade involving Durant, Jason Tatum said he is satisfied with Boston’s current roster.
“I don’t think so. I just play basketball,” Tatum said. “I mean, I played with him during the Olympics. Obviously, he’s a great player. But it’s not my decision. I love our team. I love the people we’ve met.”
The Celtics, who overcame the Nets in the playoffs and advanced to the finals, reportedly offered Jaylen Brown for Durant. He also acquired Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari this off-season.
“We got two new pieces,” Tatum said. “I love our team. Like I said, I just go out there and play with my teammates. I don’t put on that hat and make decisions.”
Former Celtics great Paul Pierce was more dismissive of a Durant trade.
“They’re not going to do that,” Pierce said. “That’s not happening. They don’t need to make any moves.”
blaming steve nashow
NBA champion and current analyst Stephen Jackson said it was unfair to just blame Durant and Kyrie Irving for the Nets’ shortcomings last season.
Jackson specifically called on coach Steve Nash to be swept away in the first round against the Celtics.
“There’s a lot going on so I just say it’s totally up to them. For me, knowing the game and watching the game, I don’t like coaching positions,” Jackson said. but i think there are a lot of things they could have done differently. With the lineup in the playoffs, with Blake (Griffin) not playing until the last minute. A lot of things have gone wrong.”
Jackson said Durant’s trade request was a positive sign of player empowerment, reflecting how the team trades players at all times.
“It’s nice to see players taking control of their careers and taking control of their own destiny,” Jackson said. “And that’s what KD is doing. If he doesn’t want to be there, it’s all about winning. It’s not about where you play or who you play with, it’s about winning.” And I think those people understand that.”
turn up the Music
After a heyday playing for youth basketball in NYC, Ron Sandiford-Artest admitted the game was off and blamed music-killing gentrification.
“There’s a reason it’s down. It’s because when they started civilizing the city, they started taking the music off,” Sandiford-Artest said. “So when people from other countries come to live in our neighborhoods and complain about the music — you take the music away from the tournament in New York City, you kill it. You kill it. That’s what they did.” did.”
Sandiford-Artest also cited the new curfew on the courts while he played basketball until 2 p.m.
“We have no one to fight for it. We need people fighting for this,” he said. “And the basketball players in New York City should only vote for the people who aren’t going to stop the music.”
what could have happened
Former All-Star point guard, Mark Jackson, believes he would have won a championship with the Knicks if he hadn’t been traded in 1992.
“I believe we win a championship. We had a great team,” Jackson said. “We had a process moving forward. we proceed. We had champs on the ropes. So I believe if the team sticks together we can win the championship.
Jackson was dealt to the Clippers in a three-team trade that brought Charles Smith and Doc Rivers back to New York. The Knicks fell to the Bulls in the conference finals in six games after the trade, losing to the Bulls in the conference semifinals in seven games during Jackson’s final season.
“We were in the fourth quarter of Game 7 with Michael Jordan on the team,” Jackson said. “They are an all-time great team and he is an all-time great, but I believe we had a chance to beat him and if we stick together, we will.”