New York Knicks Must Have Plan B
By Chris Ippolito
Since Donnie Walsh’s first day as president of the New York Knicks, he made it clear that the best way to end the team’s streak of futility was to get under the salary cap for the first time since 1996. Although it has been two painful years since his April 2008 proclamation, Walsh has executed his plan. Today the Knicks are approximately $35 million under the salary cap, an enviable position considering the plethora of talent in this year’s free agent class. Only the Miami Heat, who essentially dismantled their team for this purpose, have more money to spend this off season than the Knicks.
Apparently, fair weather fans of the Knicks, who probably spent the last five years or so denying their orange and blue affiliation, look at this cap space only as an opportunity to sign LeBron James, by far the most coveted free agent on the market. This idea is not a far-fetched one. In my opinion the Knicks should do everything they can to recruit James to New York. He is a physical specimen who I believe will end up averaging a triple double for a season at some point in his career. The problem is that Chicago, Miami, the L.A Clippers, and James’s former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, all want the King as badly as the Knicks do.