Let’s start the rumor mill. We’re not even half-way to Thursday and the Knick rumors have already started:
Here’s a look at “Donnie and Mike D’s Excellent Adventure” day 1 according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard
When the clock strikes midnight ET in New York on July 1, Knicks team president Donnie Walsh and coach Mike D’Antoni will be in Los Angeles meeting with Johnson, who will hold all of his meetings with clubs on the West Coast. The Knicks’ brass will fly to northeast Ohio to woo James at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday.
I’m not convinced that this is a bad thing. Knick fans I’ve spoken to today are up in arms that Donnie and Mike D aren’t going to be toasting marshmallows on Lebron’s front lawn on June 30th. They don’t have to do that to show James how much he’s wanted. LBJ isn’t dumb. He knows that the Knicks hired Donnie Walsh to sign him. He knows they hired Mike D’Antoni to woo him. He knows, he knows, he knows.
But why is it bad to prepare equally hard for the “thanks bro, I think I’ll play for the Bulls” response? No matter how likely you think Lebron is Knick blue is (I happen to think: very), it would be short sighted to look at it as a guarantee.
If the Lebron shaft comes and the Knicks haven’t set up equally likely “save scenarios,” then they will have so much egg on their face that people will start ordering the “Donnie and Mike D’s excellent adventure” omelet at diners around the tri-state.
The report continues to say that the brain trust will meet with Amare Stoudemire before they head to Lebron’s fortress of influence.
Fear not, Knick fans! The prize is still Lebron. Donnie and Mike D will not be late getting to LBJ’s house. But the point is to come away with two max contract guys that are worthy of that status.
Multi-tasking is never a bad thing.
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