f Zion Williamson winds up a Knick Stan Van Gundy will have to see it to believe it. In a candid interview about the Knicks 2021-22 downfall the former Pelicans coach said he is always skeptical regarding hype surrounding stars angling to play for the Knicks. Its always a plan that all these free agents want to come there Van Gundy told The Post. And their fans think everybody wants to come to New York to play. But what is the example of that to use — the high-profile free agents who have come there A lot of New Yorkers think everyone has New York at the top of their list and the Knicks are picking and choosing. Thats not the way its been working the last 20-plus years.
Van Gundy who will be in town to call Game 4 of the Nets-Celtics series Monday for TNT recalls the comments made after the Pelicans Garden loss in April 2021 to the Knicks. Beaming like the bright lights of Broadway Williamson touted Madison Square Garden as his favorite arena. But Van Gundy said people shouldnt read too much into it. Zion Williamson dunks against the Knicks at MSG on April 18 2021.NBAE via Getty Images I dont know a player who didnt like going to the Garden Van Gundy said. I never understood the allure of it myself. But the players think its a big deal to play there from everybody I coached. That doesnt mean they want to play for the Knicks or live there.
But everybody thinks this guy loves playing at the Garden Oh s–t hes going to want to play for the Knicks. I dont know if that holds up. Even if you want to go to New York is the Knicks where you want to go to With Williamson out for the season the Pelicans netted the No. 10 seed in the Western Conference won two games in the play-in tournament to nail the final spot in the playoffs then upset the Suns in Game 2. They trailed 2-1 entering Sundays Game 4. Rumors Williamson will want out of the Big Easy could wane with the Pelicans proving they have an array of attractive pieces. On the flip side Pelicans GM David Griffin might want less injury-prone players in a package for the player who reportedly weighed 330 pounds in December.