Apparently I’m not the only one writing about how the Knicks are a sleeping giant in the whole “Lebron thing”. Check this out from hoopsworld.com:
“Several sources indicated that James’ advisors Maverick Carter and Randy Mims could be traveling to New York on Wednesday and sources have hinted that James will be joining them for the trip. Sources also said that Carter and Mims have been picking the Knicks’ brains for details and information on their salary cap and free agent plans over the past few days.
There have also been rumblings that the Knicks could be planning a large press conference for later this week. While the team should be officially announcing Stoudemire’s five-year, $97 million contract signing, likely on Thursday, the scale of the event and extensive planning going into the press conferences indicates that something bigger may be happening in the Big Apple.”
I don’t know how much I’d read into the press conference part. Regardless of who they sign, the Knicks are going to make it seam like the biggest thing to happen to the organization since Ewing. Two reasons for this- 1. It’s the truth and 2. It’s called selling tickets.
Then there’s this from the same article:
“One source pointed out that Donnie Walsh is not a massive risk taker and that signing Stoudemire all by himself seemed out of character. The idea that James and Stoudemire are coming as a package deal makes more sense and lines up more with Walsh’s approach”
That speaks volumes. I had a Suns writers on my radio show today that told me he was surprised that D’Antoni and Stoudamire made up so quickly. He didn’t think that Amar’e would ever play for Mike again. Knowing this was a touchy issue, would Donnie Walsh take that risk without LBJ? Having a coach coming off a season filled with player gripes and add a player who he already has an up and down relationship with? At the very least, I think it’s an interesting thing to consider.
Two other notes from a hot Monday in NY:
The Knicks are trying to get a commitment out of Dwayne Wade. I don’t think this should be seen as a sign that they don’t think Lebron is coming. I think it’s just in line with the organizations refusal to get lost in the dark if LBJ goes somewhere else. It speaks more to the fact that they don’t want Amar’e to be “THE Guy.”
The Knicks have decided to wait to meet with Raymond Felton. Good move. Concentrate on Wade/James.
A final note:
How, in the name of all that is good, did Chris Duhon get four, that’s right- four, years from the Magic? Huh? I just don’t get it. How did he explain all those DNP’s on his game log? He must have done a great job convincing Orlando that the Knicks had it out for him.
Get me on the phone with his agent!
My Current, subject to change, I can’t wait until all this is set in stone, but then what would I write about?, prediction of the moment:
1. Knicks: Amar’e (signed), Lebron James.
2. Bulls- Bosh and Wade
3. Nets: David Lee.
4. Cavs: Boozer
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Written by Jordan Lauterbach
Jordan Lauterbach began his career in sports media when he was just 15 years old at WKWZ - Syosset. He hosted a sports talk show for nearly four years before moving on to WCWP - Brookville in 2006. Lauterbach currently hosts a sports talk show every Wednesday night from 9pm - midnight (eastern) and a College Football talk show on Saturday mornings from 11am - 12:30 (eastern) (can be heard online at wcwpsports.com and on Long Island on 88.1fm). Follow me on twiiter: jlauterbach1