Knicks Delete Image Of Kevin Durant In Pitch To Season Ticket Holders

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Well, the Knicks sort of jumped the gun on the Kevin Durant front recently when they included him in the promotional imagery for their 2019-2020 season ticket campaign.

"I just want (beat writers) to be truthful, especially if they're going to walk up to me in the locker room after games then go behind my back and write stuff like that".

Of course, the ad, which depicts Knicks center Mitchell Robinson squaring up against Durant, does not explicitly state Durant will be playing his home games at the Garden next year, but the subtle implication is clear.

The photo was part of a pitch to season-ticket holders to renew their packages for the 2019-20 season.

The Knicks might have taken the image down to avoid a tampering fine from the National Basketball Association, or at least a warning from the league, as it already has an issue with prominent players appearing to eye their next teams before their contracts are up.

The Knicks said in a statement to the New York Daily News the image was one of "several rotating photos on the website". NY has lost 16 straight games, just four shy of a dubious franchise record, and holds the NBA's worst record.

In 2013, the Hawks were fined by the league for tampering after sending out a memo to season-ticket holders that mentioned "players who are now under contract to other teams but who will become free agents [in the] summer".

Upon realizing Durant was in the photo, the team took it down as a precaution, they said in a statement - even though it was one of many used on its website.

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