It's only 2008, but it seems as if teams in the NBA are already preparing for the 2010 Sweepstakes.
The prizes include Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, a few old guys, and most of all LeBron James, who has made it clear that he wants to be a billionaire in the future, and moving to New York can just do that.
New York is the biggest market in the country. I should know, I live in New York, and they make the Knicks looks like an elite team with all the commercials, and clothing. If James does come to new York, there is no question that he will be the biggest icon in thworld.
However, the only question is where will he land, or if he will even take off. Both the New Jersey Nets and Knicks have made it clear that they are trying to get James. The Nets traded away both Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson clearing cap space. The Knicks haven't really cleared much cap space, but they are preparing for James.
Here are some of the moves that they have made so far.
1. FIRE ISIAH!!!! - Hiring Donnie Walsh was a big move for the Knicks. Not only do they get a guy with experience, but also a guy who can actually make good decisions.
2. FIRE ISIAH!!! again - Donnie Walsh made it clear that he would rebuild the franchise and he made his first move by firing Thomas and hiring Mike D'Antoni. Although D'Antoni is a much better coach, he is only known for his up-tempo offense and not-much defense.
3. Danilo Gallinari - A pretty decent player, Gallinari can shoot and also handle the ball. He has proved that he can play in D'Antoni's offense, but he is still a bit too weak on defense. He had to sit out the last four games of summer league after hurting his back. But don't worry, he will be a good player.
4. Renaldo Balkman - Trading Balkman was a tough move for the fans but an easy one for Walsh. With Chandler and Gallinari playing small forward, Balkman was the only one of the three with a limited offensive games. His absence will also be good for Gallinari, because he will receive more playing time.
5. Chris Duhon - Signing Duhon was an important move because it added another guard to the roster, already containing Crawford, Robinson, Roberson, Collins, and Marbury. With the guard spot full, this may be a hint that Marbury will be traded away.
Although the Knicks have made a few moves, it only a few and they still need to make more. Rebuilding a franchise isn't easy, but it can be done. One way it can be done is by getting LeBron. In order to get hm you have to lure him there. With D'Antoni coaching the Knicks and the USA team, he can probably convince the King to come and play in MSG.
But that is still not enough. Although Marbury is a distraction to the team, he can still play, and teams could probably trade for him. I can see the Knicks trade him to the Clippers for Cuttino Mobley and a Second Round Pick. I can also see, Zach Randolph being traded to Miami for Mark Blount, and a few other scrubs.
In conclusion, It's going to be a long season in New York, with changes coming everyday (well, not everyday). With the roster they have now the Knicks may be decent with around 35 wins, but they won't be good. Look for more changes to occur and see LeBron with a blue and orange jersey in 2010.