The New York Knicks' Offseason Was...a Success

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The New York Knicks' Offseason Was...a Success

So fellow Knicks fans, I pose a simple question to all: Did you really expect to sign LeBron James?

Okay maybe we had a shot, maybe we didn’t, but let me pose a few less obvious questions here.

Are you disappointed with the efforts made by the Knicks during this offseason as a whole? Have you already given up on the next five years just because three of the game's top talents decided to team up down in South Beach? Have you lost faith in Donnie Walsh and Mike D’Antoni? Do you begin to doubt that maybe there was no plan all along and that now we are doomed for yet another decade?

Well if you are such a Knicks fan, it's time to step back into reality, because what the Knicks have at this point in time is an actual glimmer of hope. It may sound like nothing, but consider where we were just two years ago.

Let’s flash back to right before Donnie Walsh essentially found himself as the captain of the modern-day Titanic—yes, the one beneath the sea. Much like the Knicks, the Titanic had a prominent history, only to be toppled over and sunken for what seemed an eternity of time. As Donnie took control at the helm, the Knicks, he believed, slowly and eventually, would venture to the surface of water once more.

But when , he wondered, was that a realistic achievement? Immediately looking ahead of him was the offseason of 2010. Not a bad place to look to, considering the soon to be well known historic crop of free-agent prospects to come.

The hype of the 2010 free agency had really yet to pick up when Donnie came into power, but he came in with a plan and a mindset towards this very free agency period as the first major checkpoint in building a new Knicks franchise. The plan was set and the hype would arrive in due time.

Donnie Walsh inherited the following roster (which was created by none other than Isiah Thomas):

 

F

32

 

Balkman, Renaldo

6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)

208 lb (94 kg)

South Carolina

F

21

 

Chandler, Wilson

6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)

220 lb (100 kg)

DePaul

G

25

 

Collins, Mardy

6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)

220 lb (100 kg)

Temple

G

11

 

Crawford, Jamal

6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)

200 lb (91 kg)

Michigan

F/C

34

 

Curry, Eddy

6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)

285 lb (129 kg)

Thornwood HS (IL) *

C

13

 

James, Jerome

7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)

285 lb (129 kg)

Florida A&M

F

20

 

Jeffries, Jared

6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)

240 lb (109 kg)

Indiana

G

2

 

Jones, Fred

6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)

225 lb (102 kg)

Oregon

F

42

 

Lee, David

6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)

240 lb (109 kg)

Florida

G

3

 

Marbury, Stephon  

6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)

205 lb (93 kg)

Georgia Tech

C

5

 

Morris, Randolph

6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)

260 lb (118 kg)

Kentucky

F

50

 

Randolph, Zach  

6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)

260 lb (118 kg)

Michigan State

G/F

23

 

Richardson, Quentin

6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)

235 lb (107 kg)

DePaul

G

4

 

Robinson, Nate

5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)

180 lb (82 kg)

Washington

F

31

 

Rose, Malik

6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)

255 lb (116 kg)

Drexel

 

 

As the educated Knicks fan can tell, this is a far cry from where we are today. To put it plainly, there are only two players on this list that currently reside on the Knicks roster and they are the FINALLY expiring contract of Eddy Curry and Wilson Chandler.

By the way, nothing makes me happier than to know that Isiah’s Knicks are for all intents and purposes dead. We can only hope Jimmy Dolan is reading this right now and starting to realize Isiah should not be allowed within 200 miles of Madison Square Garden.

But I digress from the point, back to Donnie Walsh’s brilliance.

So what was the first order of business for Donnie? Well when you have a point guard who decides to tattoo his own “starbury” brand logo in his head, who also decides to film himself eating Vaseline and show it on YouTube, and who generally can’t form a sentence at the very least, it doesn’t take a genius to know where to start.

Perhaps it wasn’t easy to approach, which may’ve been why so much controversy surrounded the handling of the process.

Let’s put things in perspective here.

Stephon Marbury was in the last year of his gargantuan contract that clearly handed a man way too much money than he knew how to deal with. In the final year of his contract, the self-deemed “starbury” would make a whopping king's ransom of $23 million, good for one of the highest salaries in the game.

The good news, however, was that in the NBA expiring contracts were valuable for upcoming free agency. But the Knicks weren’t setting any sights on signing free agents in the summer of 2008, no, they were not at all.

Dealing with Marbury was step one in what seemed to be an endless process called “fixing” the Knicks. The team had committed money toward Zach Randolph, Eddie Curry, Jared Jeffries, and Jamal Crawford until the year 2011! (A total of $43 million.)

To further put things in perspective, that amount is $1 million more than the new freak show in South Beach will make this season (LeBron + Wade + Bosh= $42 mil against cap).

So imagine this Knicks fans. Imagine Donnie never sacrificed the last two years and decided to ride it out with Crawford and Randolph and Jeffries. You think we got it bad now? Imagine if our starting lineup featured a larger collective salary than the Miami Heat’s new star-studded lineup—only our lineup wouldn’t include any of the top talents in the game. We’d be looking at a team that would greatly resemble that of the Isiah era still!

The only positive I suppose would’ve been that all the contracts would expire after this coming season. However, if that were the case, our roster would not include Amar'e Stoudemire, Anthony Randolph, Raymond Felton, and who knows if we’d even have Gallinari.

While it is most likely that Knicks fans may not have envisioned the core to include those players during the rebuilding process that Donnie and Co. endured over the last two years, smart Knicks fans need to stay positive and realize that Donnie did not disappoint us. Let’s look past Miami for a second here.

Let’s solely take a look on the outset of the upcoming five years for your NEW York Knicks. Below is all the committed money the Knicks have toward its current roster for the next five seasons.

Name

2010/2011

2011/2012

2012/2012

2013/2014

2014/2015

Amare Stoudemire

16,000,000

18,000,000

20,000,000

22,000,000

24,000,000

Eddy Curry

11,276,863

 

 

 

 

Ronny Turiaf

4,000,000

4,300,000

 

 

 

Raymond Felton

7,000,000

8,000,000

8,000,000

 

 

Kelenna Azubuike

3,500,000

 

 

 

 

Danilo Gallinari

3,304,560

4,190,182

5,589,703

 

 

Timofey Mozgov

3,000,000

 

 

 

 

Wilson Chandler

2,130,481

3,099,850

 

 

 

Anthony Randolph

1,965,720

2,911,231

4,049,522

 

 

Toney Douglas

1,071,000

1,145,640

2,067,880

 

 

Bill Walker

854,389

916,100

 

 

 

Andy Rautins

?

 

 

 

 

Landry Fields

?

 

 

 

 

Jerome Jordan

?

 

 

 

 
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