Okay so its a big statement to make in the Summer of Lebron Free-Agency but I'm going to make it anyway. The New York Knicks
should give up on trying to get Lebron James and instead make themselves a contender with a big three, and I have many, many reasons why... Number 1 being the fact that I'm not a big fan of Lebron. And number 2 I secretly want the Knicks
Okay so like I said I'm not really a Lebron fan, I admit he is an amazing player possibly the 2nd best player ever after MJ but that too is debatable, he has choked in times of pressure such as the Finals against San Antonio
and in numerous Eastern Conference finals against the likes of the Magic
and this year even earlier against the Boston Celtics
in the second round!
He is in it for the money and I don't really like that either, he says he wants to be an NBA Champion but unlike a player like Tim Duncan he wont take a pay-cut so that his team can afford another high-tier player, namely a point guard better than Delonte West and Mo Williams, he also said he wants to be a Billionaire, why? why would you need that much money? if your going to give it all to charity and that kinda stuff fine, but if its for personal pleasure is it really necessary. How can you state that you want to become a billionaire and still expect your team to compete for a championship when your taking all their money
Take a slightly smaller contract and allow the team you play for to sign another player and therefore compete for your other life goal - a Championship!
Okay now reason number two, secretly I want the Knicks to succeed, the Knicks have never been the best team in the NBA, they have been good but they have always been in the shadows of a better, more complete team, The Bulls
, The Pacers
, The Celtics, the Magic, The Lakers
. However New York and Madison Square Gardens has always been considered the basketball 'Mecca' the home of the game and that's why I personally want the Knicks to do well.
While everyone else focuses on Lebron James, teams like the Nets
, the Clippers
and to some extent the Bulls (however I do not want him there I prefer D-Wade) The Knicks have the possibility to sign or sign-and-trade for some great players.
Firstly they are reportedly very close to signing Amare Stoudamire one of the best, young Power Forwards in the game with the ability if needed to play Centre, they are also close to signing Tony Parker from the Spurs and Amare has stated that if he goes to New York then Parker would be happy to join him there. so there you have it a Power Forward and a great Point Guard playing together... However we know Two great players alone cant win a championship without some other help, the Bulls had MJ and Pippen but dont forget Rodman and Kerr and all the other players on that team.
The Knicks also have the possibility of getting Carmelo Anthony from Denver
and is another player who has stated to Amare that if he goes there he too would be happy to join him in the big apple. So that's 3 great players all converging on NYC, 3 great players that will make the Knicks a dominating team. Amare and Dwight will battle it at the 5 and the possibility of Melo put this team way above any other team in the East and possibly West.
Melo is a NY kinda guy Brooklyn born and Syracuse educated, he is a great small forward who can compete with Lebron while also being more experienced, he would work well alongside both Tony and Amare and could make NY into a force.
I say do it NY put all your work into getting these three guys together and give the pople of New York what they want... A team that can compete for a championship, give them something they havent ever truely had, give them total domination, give them the best three players you can get. Get them Amare, get the Parker and work out a way to get Melo. replace the currently Boston big three of Peirce, Garnett and Allen with your own big three of Amare, Parker and Melo, imagine it the highlights the back-to-back's the Three-peat's all because you can do it, become the basketball 'Mecca' that everyone wants you to become.