The 1979 entries of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird into the N.B.A. were breathlessly awaited, given the prefabricated rivalry they developed while stalking each other along the way to the N.C.A.A. title game. Patrick Ewing, the prize of the first lottery in 1985, was hailed as a Knicks’ savior. At that point, the team’s championship drought had reached 12 years. Now it’s at 46, and counting.
For his part, Williamson suggested he would have been undaunted by New York had the Knicks, with their league-worst record, landed him.
“I don’t try to live