When Kevin Durant signed with the Brooklyn Nets this summer, Knicks fans naturally felt spurned, having held out hope that the 10-time All-Star would bring the magic back to Madison Square Garden.
But what about Allonzo Trier? The second-year Knicks guard has a relationship with Durant that dates back to Trier's days as a high schooler in Oklahoma City, when Durant was a member of the Thunder.
"We became close, yes," Trier told The New York Post last year. "Yeah, he's seen plenty [of my games]. I was one of the top-ranked players in the country out of high school. Just a guy being a genuine person, wanted to look out for me, wanted to get to know me and build a relationship with me. Ever since then our bond has grown and [he] became my brother."
It was thought that being able to play with Trier could be intriguing enough to lure Durant to the Knicks, though it was not to be. Despite that, Trier appears to have no hard feelings towards the player who took the time to attend many of his high school games.
"I'm his friend, first and foremost," Trier said Friday at practice. "I respect whatever decision he made. he wanted to go play basketball there, good for him."
Asked if he was disappointed Durant didn't sign with the Knicks, Trier said no.
"How am I going to be disappointed in a decision he makes? That has nothing to do with my position on this team or what's going on here."
Durant is expected to miss all of the 2019-20 season as he recovers from a torn Achilles suffered in the NBA Finals. The Knicks and Nets will play four times this season, beginning with a matchup at Barclays Center on Oct. 25.