Summers Brew: New York, New York, Big City Of Dreams. Or a Big Nightmare
The Big Apple. The big city of dreams. Only for Knicks fans, its been a nightmare the last ten years or so. Painful. Through Scott Layden, Isiah made the Knicks into the Detroit Lions of the NBA. A total and complete mess. Financially. Structurally. Chemistry-wise. Attitude-wise. In comes Donnie Walsh. A mentor to Isiah in the past. Here about a season and a half later, and he has totally cleaned up and out Isiah's mess, excluding our elite center, Eddy Curry.
We thought it was an impossible task, but here in a little short of five months from now, we will have the money and the space to sign the first real bonafide star we had since number 33, Mr. Patrick Ewing. I wanted to throw his middle name in for effect, but I didn't want to misspell it. Its been a long time that the Knicks would were able to get a marquee type player (As Jerry Maguire put it)
Talking about all or nothing......Donnie Walsh is going for broke. Either we'll have a big welcome parade, or all writers and aspiring writers will have plenty of material to comment on. If they dont get it right this summer, the Knicks could wind up over-paying a second or third rate star. Not exzctly an unfamiliar position for us knicks fans.
Knicks fans want to believe in the fantasy of LeBron coming to New York. Just for the opportunity to play in the biggest market on the biggest stage and make tons of money in endorsements. Bottom line is he plays to build a legacy of winning, not to make money. Bottom line is he'll make tons of money wherever he goes, and will make whatever team he plays for an instant contender. He can carry any team straight to the Finals on talent alone.
Right now, Cleveland has the upper hand. Barely. It appears now that Cleveland will once again have the best record in the league for a second staight season, with LeBron looking like the favorite to win a second consecutive MVP award. Why on earth would he leave Cleveland to come to New York, where the Knicks roster is constantly fluxuating and in disarray.
There's only one way I see something like that hapenning. That's if the Cavs and his teammates collapse around him like last year in the playoffs. He could come to New York if he wants to carry a team single-handedly. They at least have to reach the Finals for the season to be considered a success. Also, I personally feel that Cleveland's main weakness was thier coach, and not their roster
I dont see Lebron having a reason to come here, especially with the recent acquisition of Antawn Jamison. Not only was he in a excellent position to win before the trade, but as well after, since the Cavs secured the best complimentary player LeBron has had since Carlos Boozer in his rookie season. Finally a player who could do more than just score. Finally a player who doesnt need to shoot in high volumes to be effective.
Donnie Walsh did a great job at shedding salary. Think that Jamal Crawford is the current favorite to win the Sixth Man award. Zach Randolph was an All-Star the year after we got rid of him. IN THE WEST at that.. We unloaded talent, as well as money. The only real peices they are left with is Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, and David Lee, who they'll have to pay heavily, due to his breakout season. Duhon as the point guard? There's so many holes in the roster. Lebron....please.
On the other hand, we do have a shot at Dwayne Wade. Ever since Shaq left Miami, the heat have been a 5-7 seed in the playoffs. If the Knicks could entice a halfway decent star or complementary player to come along, there might be a chance.
Otherwise, the Knicks look like they'll wind up maxing out one or two second rate stars. Chris Bosh is a toss up for leaving Toronto, but he is certainly a player who needs help and is not in the same league as the other two mentioned before by one name. A Joe Johnson type. Amare Stoudemire. Ironically those two have played for and excelled in D'antoni's system. Knicks fans are used to shooting for the moon, hitting the stars and paying the world. Our thoughts stay in the clouds.
The T-Mac trade was a sucess on all fronts. Best case scenario: McGrady regains even half of his form and stays somewhat healthy. Lets not forget he's only 31 and isn't totally washed up. He seems old since he's been playing so long, and started so young. His issue was always remaining healthy. If he could, and enjoys his time here, perhaps we could sign him to a veteran's exception. He's already had two max contracts, so money shouldn't be a issue. He should just be happy to play. For the first time in a while, he wouldnt be asked to carry and save a franchise. Worst case: McGrady flops, and $9.4 million come off the books.
While I was sort of sad to see Nate Robinson go, he had to. Im not a fan of how Mike D'antoni handles his rotations, from his insistence of playing Jared Jeffries (who to me is a Eddy Curry in better shape) to his constant fluxuations with his benchings of Nate, Larry Hughes, and even Stephon Marbury. Granted besides hughes, both benchings were sort-of deserved. He would bench them out of the blue, and then play them. No kind of consistency.
Nate's constant celebrations and bravado annoyed even his biggest supporters and fans. Nobody wants to see that on a losing team, especially in New York. Playing on a contender ought to break him out of that. Besides K.G. and Paul Pierce ought to put a stop to that. the Knicks haven't had those kind of veteran leaders that command respect in their locker room for years.
Knicks fans are chasing the dream of getting Lebron. Money isn't everything, especially to a player like Lebron who will get a fortune wherever he plays. If we lose out on him, lets see who we get, and hope we dont overpay the wrong person....AGAIN. Right now the roster are a bunch of replacements, temps just serving as martyrs for the season, which is pretty much pissed away. We'll see what team are winners, which ones are risk takers, and who just wound up losers. We'll see who wants to win, and who wants to get paid.
It's all or nothing for us Knicks fans. Let's hope that Cleveland crumbles, and Lebron wants a challenge, playing in the Mecca.
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