Warriors forward Kevin Durant reacts by pounding on his chest after making a play against the Pacers on Jan. 28, 2019, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.


Knicks Remove Kevin Durant Photo From Season-Ticket Advertising

February 11, 2019 - 9:07 am

By WFAN.com

Was it really just a coincidence that the Knicks used a photo of Kevin Durant in advertising for season-ticket renewals?

The team removed a picture from its website Sunday that included the Golden State Warriors' superstar small forward over concerns of the perception it was creating. After trading Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks last month, the Knicks will have enough salary cap space this summer to sign two max-level free agents, and Durant is expected to be the top player available.

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The photo showed Durant guarding Knicks rookie center Mitchell Robinson.

"Game action photos are used all the time for marketing purposes, but given everything going on, we took the precaution of taking the photo down," the Knicks said in a statement Sunday night. "To be clear, it was one of several rotating photos on the website."

Last week, Durant made it clear he's not interested in discussing his impending free agency.

"I have nothing to do with the Knicks," the 10-time All-Star told reporters. "I don't know who traded (Kristaps) Porzingis. They got nothing to do with me. I'm trying to play basketball. Y'all come in here every day, ask me about free agency, ask my teammates, my coaches. You rile up the fans about it. Let us play basketball. That's all I'm saying. And now when I don't want to talk to y'all. It's a problem with me."