It seemed as if the magic Burke produced during Michigan’s national-title game run in 2014 had been zapped away and all that was left was a disgruntled former star whose basketball career was headed for China. No, there’s nothing wrong with China, but for Burke, that would have marked a significant fall from grace.
After toiling away in Washington following a failed and ugly stint in Utah, a determined Burke returned to the hardwood as Allen Iverson. Not kidding. Bruh literally walked into Madison Square Garden as AI’s clone. I’m talking straight-back cornrows, tattoos, headband, all that. The best thing about the embattled floor general’s return is he didn’t just come back with the look, he came back with the “The Answer’s” game. No, Trey Burke will never be the cultural icon or Hall of Fame-level performer the Newport News native was, but goddamn it, for at least two months we’ve been gifted with the step-back jumpers, killer crossovers and all-out duels with some of the game’s premier players. Ask Kemba Walker. Burke fed him a cool 42 points and 12 helpers on March 26, 2018. Or the Pistons, who got lit up for 18 points and 15 dimes five days later. “I am a playmaker naturally,” Burke told CBS Sports. “Guys ask, ‘Are you a point guard? Are you a shooting guard?’ I believe I am a point guard and a shooting guard. I believe I’m both: a combo guard, you might say. I changed the way I played for the way they wanted me to play. That should never happen.”
A problem who can’t be solved, Burke signed with the Knicks on a 1-year deal, starred for their Westchester affiliate and became arguably the most refreshing part of a New York team in need of franchise pieces for the future. As he heads into the 2018 offseason looking to score big, his rebirth in the Mecca of Basketball will afford him plenty of suitors, which puts pressure on the Knicks to either ante up or watch him bring the Trey-mixtape Tour to another organization.