Summer 2010... No Different For The Knicks

william beovichContributor IJuly 8, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 25:  NBA Commissioner David Stern poses for a photograph with the eighth overall draft pick by the New York Knicks,  Jordan Hill during the 2009 NBA Draft at the Wamu Theatre at Madison Square Garden June 25, 2009 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

2010 was supposed to be the year that the Knicks would sign Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and make an instant jump back into the elite class on the NBA.

What's the 2011 class looking like?

Every sign the last few weeks are pointing to the fact that the Knicks might not get the big names if in next summer's free agency.

With the Cavs showing signs that they are trying to improve their team to get the necessary pieces around Lebron to win a championship, the Knicks have failed at every attempt.

First the Cavs traded for Shaq, yes I know this isn't the Shaquille O'Neal that was the backbone of the championship teams in LA and Miami. He still is a presence and an upgrade for the Cavs, and a sign that they are going to try to put more talent around King James.

Next, the Knicks failed to get a true point guard in the draft. Stephen Curry works at Lebron James' basketball camp and is a good friend of the King's. He also would have been a big name player that a team could build around. With him at the point it would have taken the pressure off of Lebron to play the point position and score so many points.

This is no knock on Jordan Hill in saying that he won't do well in the NBA, but he is not the type of player that makes a Lebron James-type player want to come to a team.

Than the Knicks finally failed to sign Jason Kidd. Kidd is old and is play is diminishing. There is no question about this, but what he could have been again is a player that Lebron would have wanted to play with and helped bring the King in.

With all of these events occurring it looks like the Knicks will have to wait for another year to make a big splash and start their climb back to respectability.