David Lee has quickly become one of the surprising up-and-comers in the league, thanks in part to the coaching efforts of Mike D'Antoni, and Knicks General Manager Mike Walsh would be wise to keep Lee for the long, but also build around him.
Yes, the free agent class of 2010 has propelled New York (among other teams) to consider saving up in salary cap space for now in hopes of landing a player of star caliber, such as Chris Bosh, LeBron James, or Dwayne Wade.
Knicks fans would be excited at the possibility of having one or two of these mentioned star players in a Knicks uniform, but for the Knicks to achieve that, the team would have to demonstrate that it can quickly turn into a competitor on the court as offside the court.
So far, in the last few seasons, the Knicks have yet to have proved they're doing both, despite maintaining their young core of Nate Robinson, David Lee, Chandler, and Duhon.
Mike D'Antoni is a popular coach to play for, and it only helps the Knicks that he employs a playing style that is known to be fun while allowing athletic and skilled players to flourish.
Rather than spend all that cap money on just or two superstar quality players, the Knicks would be better off in building a team comprised of players who can gel successfully into a competitive and constructive unit.
David Lee would be a good start for the Knicks, he may not have the athleticism of LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, but he's the sort of player any coach would want to have on his team, and the sort of player that the Knicks should be looking out for.
Mike Walsh might want to even consider using the Phoenix model, where D'Antoni was charged with the task of coaching a team comprised a top quality selfless point guard and a solid core of players who could easily compliment each other.
Perhaps that model, along with the one used by San Antonio, is something Mike Walsh might come to realize is a better alternative as opposed to investing most of the team's financial resources into one star player.
Only time will tell if in the next 10 months Mike Walsh plays his cards right and if the Knicks would finally land themselves as a destination for players to ply their trade in.
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