Knicks gameplan about to crumble?
Old 11-23-2009, 05:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Lightbulb Knicks gameplan about to crumble?

The Knicks are riding into the summer of 2010 with the belief that James, Wade, Bosh or Stoudemire will join the Knicks.
These superstars also realize they will not win alone and that sucking up most of the salary cap will lock up the ability to put the right pieces around them.
Bosh and Stoudemire are big-time possibilities, but they already play in an up-tempo system. Bosh is having a career season with arguably one of the top 5 point guards in Jose Calderon.
The Knicks will probably win less than 20 games this season and that is why D’Antoni should start showing that he can indeed become a more versatile coach. He has to realize that LeBron and Wade understand you will not win a championship if defense is not a focal point. He has to give them a glimpse of who they might be possibly playing with. Again, the thought of frustrated New York fans will strike fear in any great player.

I believe James and Wade will stay where they are and Bosh will become the Knicks’ main target. I love the growth and abilities of Bosh, but who wants to sign with a team knowing Knick fans will be irate and despondent over not adding James and Wade?

Donnie Walsh is one the most respected general managers ever, but I would really hate to be in his shoes next summer. NBA Blogs - Eddie Johnson Fire might burn past 2010

Some excellent points. Good article all in all. Click the link above to read it in its entirety.

Personally, I still feel James could bolt. Let's look at his team:

Shaq: One foot in the grave... Career-wise
Big Z: Ditto
Parker: Ditto
Mo Williams: Great complimentary player
West: Headcase
Varejao: Overpaid role player
Moon: Overrated role player
Hickson: On his way to a bright NBA future
Gibson: One trick pony

And I could continue... But looking at the Cavs right now I can only think of one word to describe them after you look past James and that word is "blah". That team is good because James is amazing in almost every way on the court. You take James out of there and you drop him down along side of Harrington, Lee, Chandler and Duhon with Robinson, Hughes, Jefferies, ect. and that's a playoff team. If James stays with the Cavs there is aq rebuild that must take place. If he goes to the Knicks he will be there on the ground floor of a rebuild, a couple seasons ahead of the Cavs' inevitable fate. I don't know, something still tells me James will be leaving Cleveland and that NYC will be a likely destination. The fans will love him there, they're not stupid, they just have a zero tolerance when it comes to losing teams. They would no doubt appreciate arguably the best player in the league.

Wade will stay in Miami, not sure why he would want to leave because they have some nice young players to help them grow as a strong, deep team.

I think Amare could bolt. He's had his issue with the Suns in recent years and Steve nash won't be much of a selling point to a guy about to sign a six year deal because how many years does Nash really have left? What happens when he retires?

I think Bosh will stay. He's finally playing in stable conditions, he's the man, he has a good management team around him, lots of talent and he knows no one else can come close to the offer the Raptors can make.

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Old 11-23-2009, 09:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well Knicks had to clean cap space and rebuild and thats what they are doing. Whats funny is they doing all this cleaning when the Cap will problably shrink like crazy.

In those respects I don't think knicks really did have a "master plan" to get a star. Now at least they are prudent buyers
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Old 11-23-2009, 09:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Are these writers dense? Bosh has more reason to stay then either LeBron or Wade as he has arguably a better, deeper team built around him. We have already shown we can beat both Miami and Cleveland and we haven't even been full strength since preseason.
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