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Friday, November 6th, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  38 responses

Knicks Players, Already Sick of 2010 Chatter

Welcome to the party, Knickerbockers: “According to one player, there is a sense among many Knicks that this season doesn’t mean anything to the organization since management has made it clear that it will look to add an impact player next summer. In order to do that, most of the players with expiring contracts will not be re-signed. Harrington, David Lee, Nate Robinson, Darko Milicic and Hughes are in the last year of their respective deals. The players also don’t like hearing about the organization’s interest in potential free agents LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Joe Johnson. (Team officials are prohibited from talking about players on other teams and most of the speculation has come via the media.) A few players have said that they have been so soured by their experience in New York that if James were to solicit their advice about playing for the Knicks, they would not give him a favorable scouting report.”

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  • ENDS

    this is gonna end bad

  • ENDS

    alienate your own players for some guys who might not be there next year anyways. Brilliant

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I didn’t know Joe Johnson will be a free agent?

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    You know instead of swinging for the fences they should go after bosh and joe.

  • AL29

    This reminds me of that time Orlando was expecting T-mac, Grant Hill and Tim Duncan to all suit up for the Magic in the same year. The only difference is that Orlando had a decent year leading into that season. These hail-mary attempts to assemble championship teams almost never work. The Knicks will be lucky if they get Bosh and Joe Johnson.

  • Hoodsnake

    They should at least keep lee and darko

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  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    They have absolutely no chance of getting Bron unless they can get Wade or Bosh as well. I believe that any combination of those 3 players is an instant contender if you fill out the roster with solid role players. I don’t know if they can gove the max to 2 players though. Sam Smith has Bron going to the Lakers for the minimum. No, really.

  • underdog

    I hope JJ stay in ATL.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Well I’m already sick of watching them.

  • K-Nasty

    Already sick? I’ve been sick of watching them for about 5 years now.

  • celtsfan88

    hey guys heres an idea. WIN GAMES!

  • http://www.utjazzblog.com Utah Jazz Blog

    Gotta be frustrating for the Knicks to know that no matter how bad they suck this year, they won’t get a lottery pick in what is projected to be one of the deepest drafts in history.

  • tavoris

    they are JUST getting sick of this? Hasn’t this been going on for three years now?

  • tavoris

    Z, they can pay the max if the don’t mind paying the tax. Considering the Knicks NEVER have money shortages, the wouldn’t be a problem. The Russian dude buying the Nets, and the likelihood they’ll be in BK next season is a HUGE problem. The Nets are actually poised to be the best team in NYC next season, even if they only add a marginal FA (Rudy Gay?)

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    “…players have said that they have been so soured by their experience in New York that if James were to solicit their advice about playing for the Knicks, they would not give him a favorable scouting report.”
    Among the things that will not happen in the next eight months: LeBron James soliciting any of these guys’ advice about playing for the Knicks.

  • Shem

    How do the knicks expect interest if they dont have anyone to build a team around!? Do they SERIOUSLY think LeBron will want to leave his HOMETOWN of cleveland in which he ll receive a max contract AND a very good team around him for a knicks with absolutely NO good players (predicting that lee and harrington will leave) except for duhon as well as the same amount of money (a max contract). I honestly think the knicks organisation is corrupt, these guys are supposed to be business men that know what they re doing.

  • The White Steve Nash

    The knicks will look all off season for superstars, see them all dissapear, either by resigning or joining actual teams, and then end up with travis outlaw and darko millicic

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Its not like they can talk about basketball in New York, they might as well discuss this…

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    The Knicks management sucks. Plain and simple. For us Knick fans, its getting really ridiculous having to see the team throwing away every season for the last 7 years and then listening to the GM’s say “At least we’ll have cap space!”
    The Knicks have blown every single opportunity possible to improve as a basketball team. Last year, we had a good, playoff-caliber team with Zach Randolph and Jamal Crawford both having All-Star type seasons. But they traded both of them away, and the only good player they got in return was Al Harrington.
    They also passed on Eric Gordon. They passed on BRANDON JENNINGS for Jordan Hill. They blew it when they could have signed RAMON SESSIONS, who actually skipped out on a starting role to play a reserve role on the Timberwolves. He skipped New York for Minnesota–MINNESOTA. So no, ball players are not looking to play for the Knicks just because of our city.
    Knicks management is a joke. If something doesn’t happen by 2010, I might very well be done with this basketball team until some REAL management arrives.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I’d also like to add that LeBron James’ hometown is NOT Cleveland. Its Akron. If he doesn’t come to New York, I see him moving somewhere else if the Cavaliers don’t perform up to expectations this year.

  • skywalker

    king james might end up in L.A. but not for the minimum, they’d have to trade for him

  • http://slam shawn williams

    chris bosh to san antonio, d wade and amare to chicago, dirk goes to new york, micheal redd to cavs, t mac to detroit, david lee goes to miami lebron stays in cleveland and shaq goes to and retires as an orlando magic

  • Yesse

    Well i couldnt agree more.Knicks have been down alot in the last seasons.Mike D’Antoni isnt a good coach.Knicks roster is not the best in the league.Looking at the way the manager handles things that is not good.It also looks like the team has bad luck.

  • nastierthanu

    Stop hatin’

  • KRIS

    “According to one player, there is a sense among many Knicks that this season doesn’t mean anything to the organization”

    - So true. It must be depressing being a Knicks fan or player right now.

  • Shem

    @Shawn Williams: CHRIS BOSH TO SAN ANTONIO?? not evennnn, tmac to detroit haha yeah im sure thats why they just gave BG a massive contract, and dirk to new york ahhahahah just stop

  • WOODY

    Explain to me why one of these top players, a player who will be offered the absolute maximum possible by any number of teams, would choose to play for a really bad, poorly managed, bad employer team like the Knicks or Nets. The only answer I can see is NY arrogance. No folks, most people do NOT want to live there.

  • http://www.boticca.com Kiyan Foroughi

    James Dolan = incompetent

  • rog123

    If bron is going anywhere , its definately gonna be the nets. A promising group of young talent. Harris+Lopez+couple role players+Bron = better than current cavs roster.

  • Jfox

    I’m a huge knick fan and there is no way King James is coming to New York. No way no how. He will wind up in Miami with Wade or LA with Kobe. Those are the only two viable options. The Knicks will end up with Bosh, Amare or Joe Johnson and will be mediocre at best still. But hopefully they will at least contend for the playoffs I would be happy with that because it’s getting ridiculous at this point.

  • clos1881

    @rog123 he could hang with his bff jayz

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    The Nets most likely will have the #1 pick this year, so if you add that with Devin Harris, Brook Lopez, Courtney Lee, and the nice array of young players, i could see the appeal. But then when you think about it, and see everybody on that team is young/not a good veteran:young player ratio and its a major turn off. Lebron wants a ring not a chance to teach young players, so i dont think NJ will happen. New York is just a no, that whole team is a mess and is like a worse version of New Jersey.

  • K

    Yup, Teddy said it. People talk like the 2010 plan and being competitive now are mutually exclusive. They could have easily drafted Jennings, Gordon, and Blair; three players who project to be starters for a long, long time (though Blair will have to wait a little to get his because of TD). Our team flat-out stinks right now. Duhon, the “motor” behind our 7SOL offense, has had more turnovers than points in the last two games. D’Antoni was cracking one-liners after the last blowout loss; JVG would never pull #@%$ like that. Oh and Utah Jazz? Have fun with John Wall. We are seven games in, and you can just tell – the ship be sinkin’.

  • chintao

    I’m glad to see that Knick fans are finally seeing that the emperor has no clothes (i.e., LeBron will not be attired in orange and blue). Now, we just need to realize that this is a good thing. Once upon a time, the Knicks had an ethos. It revolved around cohesiveness, hustle, and defense — not around having the best player(s) in the league on the squad. LeBron has no ethics whatsoever. If we ever want to be what we once were, we cannot accept a player like LeBron. Also, the number “23″ should never be worn in orange and blue (just another reason to loathe that houseboy, Quentin Richardson).

  • karan

    forget lebron. knicks need to get wade.

  • tavoris

    BETCATS-I’d say that LBJ, Harris, Lee, CDR, and Lopez look a lot like a VERY good core. All they would need is a halfway decent rebounder or 2 (which can be had ANYWHERE)) to be a title contender.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    chintao: They don’t make forwards and centers like they used to.

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