The New York Knickerbockers made some aggressive and controversial moves this off-season, adding expensive veterans Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and Courtney Lee. While the acquisitions have made the team better, exactly how much better is up for debate. Vegas odds currently have them winning 40.5 games this year, enough to maybe steal the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.
Knicks fans are notorious for being extreme: They're either too optimistic or too pessimistic. There's no in-between. Although injury-prone additions Noah, Rose, and Brandon Jennings may wind up seeing limited action this season, fans can still look forward to the rise of Kristaps Porzingis. The Latvian giant has tremendous upside and can learn a lot from the new, veteran additions. He also apparently makes a mean baked ziti according to a hip-hop personality we interviewed for this piece.
To gauge how Knicks fans are feeling about their beloved squad this upcoming season, we asked some New York-based hip-hop personalities—like the legendary Raekwon and DMC, NYC rap power couple Papoose and Remy Ma, and the hilarious Big Body Bes (and Master P)—for their 2016-17 hopes, predictions, and realness. (These interviews were conducted before the Knicks season-opening 29-point loss.)