LeBron James Not Coming To New York Knicks: What's Our Backup Plan?

Quentin HaynesContributor IMarch 2, 2010

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As of right now, LeBron James is applying to change his jersey number from 23 to six. This means LeBron will most likely remain in Cleveland for the 2010-2011 season.

Whoa, calm down NY fans, there are things we can do to prepare for the worst. Right now, were actually in a good spot. With almost all our players free agents next season, we can create a team. Let's assume were bring back players. Here are the players we are looking to bring back

David Lee, Bill Walker, Toney Douglas, Sergio Rodriguez, Wilson Chandler, and Danillo Gallinari.

The Knicks now have two bench players (Douglas and Walker) with four starters (Gallinari, Chandler, Rodriguez, and Lee) we can actually salvage this team.

1. Defense—We NEED defense. I'm gonna sound crazy for this: Bring in Charles Oakley and Dennis Rodman as defensive coaches/assistants. These two guys could help provide the toughness these players need. The Knicks are too finesse. Someone needs to push defense towards these guys.

2. Two big men—The Knicks actually need two big men. They need a center who can be a defensive monster and grab rebounds and a scrappy player who can come off the bench for the rotation. The one player I would love for NY in the draft? Jarvis Varnado. Varnado is a strong defender and has a Ben Wallace style of play when crashing the boards.

3. Defensive player—When D'Antoni was in Phoenix, he had Raja Bell as "the defender," someone who can be the main defender who can come in and just defend.

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If Bill Walker can become that guy, D'Antoni can start him and have him be that lead shooting guard but if not, there are some example who might be free agents in 2010: Antoine Wright, Damien Wilkins, Rodney Carney, Ronnie Brewer, and even...Raja Bell.

4. Superstar?—Maybe keeping David Lee could help add a superstar. As of right now, the most likely free agent to me New York can add is Dwayne Wade. Wade is the perfect fit. Maybe he stays in Miami, but if he leaves the Knicks should go add him first.

My New York Knicks nine-man rotation

Sergio Rodriguez, Dwayne Wade, Wilson Chandler, Danillo Gallinari, and Marcus Camby

Bill Walker, Toney Douglas, Rasual Butler, and Jarvis Varnado.

Tell me what you think

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