It's obvious that the New York Knicks will have to play past their potential if they wish to reach the postseason for the first time since the '03-'04 season. They finished with a 34-48 record last season en route to an 11th-place finish in the Eastern Conference. The team has no concrete future, only hope, as they feature eight players whose contracts expire at the end of the season.
The irony of the Knicks' situation is that many of these players will log significant minutes during this crucial upcoming season. Donnie Walsh and company must try their best to show the greatest city in the world what good has come out of their overhauling if they wish to lure the greatest player in the world to the big apple.
LeBron James is a winner.
James turned the once laughing stock of the NBA into a perennial powerhouse in the Eastern Conference. With four of the top six men in the rotation becoming unrestricted next summer, he would have to rebuild a lowly franchise yet again.
James already makes millions of dollars in endorsements added to his over $15 million annual salary with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Is it really worth the extra dollars for the King to play amongst peasants while in the prime of his career?
If he wants to join the ranks of superstars with multiple titles like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and newly acquired teammate Shaquille O’Neil, the "Chosen One" can't afford to sacrifice much time.
The Knicks are risking any stability they hope to have as the passionate New York fans have become fed up with their hometown team. Core players and fan favorites David Lee and Nate Robinson were not offered extensions and instead signed one-year tenures before the start of camp.
Eddy Curry and Jared Jeffries will be given significant playing time in hope that other teams will gain interest in acquiring either of the two underachieving big men.
With another season starting off in the gutter, it will take all the financial uncertainty that surrounds the New York Knicks coming together if they wish to succeed as a team and show LeBron James why playing in the Garden would be a wise move in the future Hall of Famer's career.