Quentin Richardson, who played 241 games for the Knicks from 2005 to 2009 and one game for the team in 2012-13 before calling it a career, talked about why he believes most players don't want to play for the Knicks.
"The new generation, they want to just have their money and enjoy being in the NBA and have fun," Richardson said during an appearance on CBS Sports Radio. "And at times, in New York, it could be the reverse of that. If you're making a lot of money and you're not playing up to whatever their standards, they think they can boo you, they can make it tough for you. And I've seen teammates and different people not want to go out to eat, not want to enjoy the city or enjoy your down time because they're worried about fans talking smack or looking at 'em crazed and all that.
"You have to have a thick skin to be able to deal with that. For me, I was from Chicago, so it never really mattered to me what anybody said. I legit witnessed seeing how it goes. If you're not built for it, you're not built for it."
Richardson also said the coverage in the newspapers is a deterrent.
"You look in the Daily News, (New York) Post or whatever, they would put people's paychecks and like what their production has been and say 'hey, they made this much money for every point they made,' like 'they ain't doing nothing,'" Richardson explained. "You gotta be able to deal with different things when you go to New York."
Despite what Richardson is suggesting, New York is certainly not alone when it comes to media discussing how much a player is worth and/or taking how much a player earns per year and breaking down how much they made per point or home run or touchdown pass, etc.
Richardson added that until one of the young stars of the league decides to play for the Knicks, things won't change no matter who the team hires to coach or who is in their front office.
"All of the different stories or whatever, the bottom line is that they gotta get players to come," Richardson said. "Somebody at some point -- I firmly believe that one of these young kids will step up to the plate and say 'I want to be in New York, I want to play with the Knicks, I want to take on that challenge and I'm up for it.' . ... the generation isn't in that place where they want to be scrutinized or deal with everything that comes with New York. It takes a special kind of person to welcome that."