Knicks, Kings team up to end a miserable streak that has lasted 2 decades

Is this real life or a made up Hollywood story? That’s a question both New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings fans are likely to be asking themselves this season. Both sides are the clear feel-good stories of their respective conferences, with both teams doing well overall, funnily enough last seen in the 2003 film How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days rather than in real life.

In the mid-aughter rom-com starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughy, the Kings and Knicks were the best in each conference and eventually faced each other in the NBA Finals. In real life, teams have been among the worst in the league year after year. They have never both completed with a winning record since 2001, a decade-long streak that ended Saturday after the Knicks won their 42nd game against the Denver Nuggets.

Although there is still a long way to go, there is a non-zero chance that the two teams will actually meet in the NBA Finals this season. That in itself is an achievement.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days came out 20 years ago and in this film the New York Knicks played the Sacramento Kings in the NBA Finals. It’s really going to happen this year!!!

— Deathcabforcody (@cworkinonit) March 19, 2023

New York Knicks vs. Sacramento Kings play tonight for the NBA Finals Trophy “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”.

— Kyle Ledbetter (@SportsDSD_) March 10, 2023

The Knicks have found the ideal co-star for Julius Randle in Jalen Brunson, whose offseason addition has worked better than even the most optimistic expectations of Knicks fans. Ditto for the acquisition of Domantas Sabonis for the Kings side, which saw rising star Tyrese Haliburton sent away, could have been a move that haunted her for the next decade.

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Both teams have locked their talent beyond this season and are looking to only get better as their players continue to play into their primes. It’s not a bad time to be a Knicks or Kings fan.

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