The Knicks' Free Agent Dilemma: Nate Robinson or David Lee?

Vinny YeagerCorrespondent IMarch 21, 2009

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The biggest talk for the 2010-11 NBA season for the Knicks is what huge free agent they will land.

Will it be LeBron James? Or will it be Dwayne Wade?

That is all big talk for the future of this franchise. The biggest debate now is whether the Knicks should keep Nate Robinson and dump David Lee, or keep Lee and dump Robinson.

Both Robinson and Lee's contracts will expire soon and both will be big hits on the free agent market. New York will most likely only be able to keep one of these players.

If the Knicks want to succeed right now, as well as in the seasons to come, they must keep Robinson and David Lee go.

Yes, Robinsin can be a little out of control at some points and also let his ego get to his game. But, he has become the face of the Knick's franchise and the star player on the team.

His up-tempo, fast pace style of basketball helps the Knicks out tremendously. He gets the crowd into the game right away and motivates his team mates to play up to the speed in which he is going.

New York has not had that big super star player since Patrick Ewing. Although Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell were big time Knicks, they were not considered the game's elite.

If Nate Robinson stays in New York and keeps getting better, he will become a great Knick and be among the game's great players.

On the other hand, the Knicks must get rid of Lee and let him go somewhere else in free agency.

With Eddy Curry being hurt and not fitting in with Mike D'Antoni's system, Lee has had to play out of position, and it just is not working.

Lee is a true power forward and not a center. A true center should be a physical player who makes high percentage shots and blocks shots. Lee just has not shown that in his time with the Knicks.

He is very undersized. When he has to play against the game's best like Dwight Howard, Yao Ming, and Shaq, he just get over powered.

Also, as of late, Lee has been playing awful basketball. If you have watched him play the last two weeks, you can see why he did not make the All-Star Team.

He barely plays any defense. When it comes to offensive rebounds, he is no where in sight. At least when Jared Jeffries and Chris Wilcox enter the game, they crash the boards and move with a purpose.

A lot of NBA critics also said that if Lee can be able to hit the mid range jump shot, he would become a very good player. It does not seem like he has been practicing it at all because he can not hit that shot yet.

If the Knicks want to be a true contender in the Eastern Conference in years to come, they must keep Robinson on the roster, and let Lee go where ever he pleases.