Lebron James


A chunky Savannah Brinson on the beach with Lebron James (above).

With Lebron James struggling mightily in the NBA Finals, a rumor has surfaced that his baby momma, Savannah Brinson, slept with Orlando Magic/Washington Wizards forward Rashard Lewis at some point this season when Orlando passed through South Beach.

Over the past two days, the Miami Heat star forward had to deal with scurrilous, Houston radio-based rumors about an affair involving his fiancee Savannah Brinson and Washington Wizards player Rashard Lewis.

Lewis denied those rumors Friday on the same Houston radio station — 97.9 The Box — adding he’s never even met Brinson.

“I have no idea,” Lewis said when asked why the rumors were circulating. “That’s what I’m trying to figure out. … Now I come home and I hear the same rumors. … Those rumors are 100 percent false. They’re not true. I don’t know how they came up.”

A day earlier, a host on that same Houston station reportedly claimed to have “a very reliable source” in the Orlando area, someone who was “all over the Tiger Woods issue” before it became public. This supposed source relayed word of a rumored tryst on South Beach between Brinson and Lewis, a former Orlando Magic player.

http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2011-06-10/sports/fl-lebron-james-girlfriend-rashard-lewis_1_baseless-rumor-savannah-brinson-rashard-lewis

A word on all this, if we may.   Lebron James needs to play a lot better, regardless of whether or not this rumor is true.  His personal life is completely irrelevant.  How much hype can there be around a guy who can not seem to score in the half court?  We are not about to be hard on him, either, though we won’t hesitate to say that Brinson is sloppy looking and wonder why on earth such a star is into little fat chicks.  I mean, is the below picture not of some Oprah like slop?

James had the right to go to Miami and he made the right decision.  Obviously.  Does it suck to be him?  Let’s be real.  The guy is sitting pretty, rich as all hell, and on the verge of collecting a ring.  It does not suck to be him, even if this rumor is true, and we’d guess that it very well may be.  Who knows what, if anything, went on?  And for that matter, what choice does Lewis have but to deny this to the media?

This is not something one owns up to on radio, not even on Howard.  We also think the bit about Lewis reaching out to Lebron James’ stepdad sounds kind of stupid.  By our math, wouldn’t that be Delonte West, anyway?

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/lebron-james-mother-had-sexual-relationship-with-lebrons-clevela-nd-teammate/

The fact that these rumors are introduced, two years running, around James’ playoff struggles is extremely weak on the part of whomever is responsible for suggesting that James has a heavy head, and that’s why he plays poorly, when he plays poorly.  James is in a great position to win the championship.  All the Heat needs to do is hold serve.  But let’s face it.  He’s no Kobe Bryant.  He isn’t even the best player on his own team.  Yet.  But it should happen.  The kid is 26 and lives basketball.

Let’s not act all surprised if the guy is pussy whipped though.  I mean, he is a bit of a pussy.  He actually told the media last month that he felt drained due to a head cold.  And that is not the first time James has cried about the sniffles, either.

Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com, www.crackbillionair.com)

Sasha Vujacic (L., above).

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/09/sharapova-comeback-derailed-in-madrid-bikini-shots/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/10/23/it-must-be-love-masha-n-sasha-pics/

Sasha Vujacic has had his last meaningful fist bump with the great Kobe Bryant unless the two re-unite in free agency.  Unfortunately for Masha’s man, the versatile guard was shipped to the Nets in a complicated three team trade this evening in which the Nets were able to dump the chronically late Terrence Williams on Houston in exchange for Joe Smith, with 2 first rounders coming back to New Jersey.

Under the deal, the Nets  acquire a 2011 pick from the Lakers and a 2012 pick from the Rockets and Williams goes to Houston. The Nets also send veteran Joe Smith to the Lakers, who give up Vujacic and his expiring contract. There could be other parts to the deal, including an exchange of cash.

Although the deal has been agreed upon by all parties, it cannot be announced until Wednesday, when Smith becomes trade-eligible. Free agents acquired over the summer cannot be traded until Wednesday. Williams confirmed his departure in a tweet Tuesday night: “To all my Jersey fans and people, it’s been real. I love y’all and thanks. To Houston, what up. Go Rockets.”

While also getting valuable rebuilding pieces, the Nets are ridding themselves of a player who clashed with coach Avery Johnson and appeared stifled under the team’s system.

The 11th overall pick in the 2009 draft, who was touted as a premier talent by then-Nets GM Rod Thorn, Williams was deactivated before Tuesday night’s game against the 76ers. He was not at the arena. The last time that happened, Williams had been repeatedly late to team gatherings, including games and practices.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/2010/12/14/2010-12-14_terrence_williams_traded_to_houston_rockets_nets_get_sasha_vujacic_and_two_first.html

Williams, who shows tremendous promise from a standpoint of talent, was recently demoted to the d-league for his inability to conform to team rules.  Former Knick and current Celtic fireplug Nate Robinson, a close friend of Williams, had blasted the Nets in the press for their failure to make sure that Williams had the support he needed to make meetings and practices, and implied that Nets’ new coach Avery Johnson, is not much of a people person.  The little big man wouldn’t be the first to put that knock on Johnson, who has always been inflexible, to a fault.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/2010/11/25/2010-11-25_while_nets_guard_terrence_williams_awaits_fate_former_knick_nate_robinson_says_t.html

Though the move seems to bode well for the Nets’ chances at acquiring Melo, chiefly because the oh so cheap Nuggets are intent on scoring a bushel of 1st rounders for their disgruntled star, it in no way means that Anthony would be happy in Newark for the next 2 seasons playing Johnson’s version of down tempo basketball, while hearing his annoying scratchy bark all the time.  It also doesn’t mean that Nets’ owner Mikhail Prokhorov is willing to ante up the big dollars for Melo.  Last week, Dallas owner Mark Cuban suggeted that Prokhorov was cheap and lacked the balls to make big acquisitions, even calling the Nets’ billionaire owner a “pussy.”

Vujacic’s nearly $5M salary slot will opne up for the Nets at season’s end, meaning the Nets will have additional money to lavish on questionable talent like the Troy Murphy’s of the world.  But even though the Nets seemed poised to deal for Melo and seem best matched to meet Denver’s demands, Anthony must be unimpressed with NJ’s set up and lack of talent, and the fact that they are 2 years away from Brooklyn bodes poorly.  In fact, we can not see Anthony signing any extension this year, despite the uncertainty over the next labor agreement. 

It’s possible that Anthony, under a new agreement, may max out well below the 3 yrs/$65M that is on the table.  Still, with all the pomp and ceremony surrounding the top free agents last summer, and with Anthony being, far and away, the top free agent prize this sumer, one would think that he would cherish the opportunity to be wooed and coveted the way Bosh, Wade, and James were.  Though commissioner Stern drives a hard bargain, let’s face it: the league is not exactly in the poor house.  Anthony would rate the absolute max under whatever agreement the league and players come to, and something about playing with Dwight Howard in Orlando, or Amar’e Stoudemire for that matter, in his home town where his wife has lobbied for him to land, has got to appeal to Anthony, especially considering the Knicks’ resurgence and their surprising success this season.

And if the Nets can land 2 #1’s for old man Joe Smith and late man Williams, Donnie Walsh should be in good shape when he does the inevitable and officially places Anthony Randolph on the block.  Right now, word out of Denver is that the Nuggets feel the Knicks don’t have the picks to offer in a deal that they’d be looking for, but it’s only December, and this thing isn’t going to play ou for a couple of months yet.  We’re also hearing the Nuggets are smitten with Knicks’ rookie Landry Fields, who has shocked us with his cool play and machine like rebounding at the two guard position.

Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com, www.crackbillionair.com)

Pacers guard Brandon Rush (above), who attributes a torn ACL to an improper workout conducted by the New York Knicks, prior to his draft selection by Indiana.

Mike D’antoni doesn’t play bad rookies.  Remember that one?  Jordan Hill, whom the Knicks drafted 8th overall in the 2009 draft, and later packaged, begrudgingly, with their 2010 first round pick for Tracy McGrady and cap room which all the top tier free agents turned down, was apparently a bad rookie.  One might glean such from D’antoni’s reaction to Hill’s statement after he had played his first game as a Rocket, after Hill was a monster on the boards and had just contributed to a Houston victory over New York.  The reporters wanted to know why he thought he didn’t receive much of an opportunity on a terrible Knicks team.  Hill said he didn’t think D’antoni liked playing rookies.  D’antoni replied that he played rookies, “just not bad ones.”

Excuse us, but we were under the impression that Mike D’antoni had a say in that draft selection, much as he had a say the year before when the Knicks drafted D’antoni’s Italian boy toy, the object of his raampant lust, Danillo Galinari.  Even if D’antoni was absent from the conversation with regard to the drafting of Hill, highly unlikely, the coach was still throwing his boss, Donnie Walsh, under the bus.  Not a very nice thing to do considering that Walsh brought in D’antoni for a very generous $26.5M, topping his next best offer, from the very talented Chicago Bulls, by almost $10M.

Walsh candidly discussed his reluctance to part with Hill and the team’s most recent first round pick in summer interviews, where he went so far as to say that he had probably made a mistake.  And Walsh discussed his hip replacement surgery (a bus ran him over, remember), and described how he had spent much of the preceeding months wheelchair bound.  That must have gone over superbly with Lebron James and Dwayne Wade, when Walsh wheeled into the conference room to make the Knicks’ pitch of pitches. 

So the 8th pick isn’t good enough, but apparently, the 38th pick is–as well as a nobody on nobody’s radar–rookie free agent big man Timofey Mozgov.  D’antoni announced today that 2nd round pick Landry Fields (38th overall) had supplanted 6’9 Wilson Chandler, who is generally good for 15 ppg.  At the same time, D’antoni also let us know that Mozgov would be the starting center.  Who can recall for me a good team in the modern era who started s 2nd round draft pick, let alone, a 2nd round pick and undrafted rookie free agent?

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/10/01/knicks-to-acquire-2011-first-round-pick/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/08/20/knicks-sign-guard-roger-mason-discuss-trading-curry/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/12/knicks-lavish-10-m-on-unknown-russian-center/

Sure the Knicks suck.  I mean, that is completely obvious.  Even if they fielded the best possible team they could, which would probably see neither Fields nor Mozgov in their normal rotation, let alone, alotting them starters’ minutes.  And by the way, we have been saying Chandler’s job was in trouble for some time, though we don’t understand why.  When Walsh was whispering to backup free agent two guards like Shannon Brown and Roger Mason, whom the Knicks signed, permed hair and all, that Chandler’s job could be had, we understood quite clearly that the Depaul product’s days in New York were numbered.  Though we have also heard this week that the Knicks have opened contract extension talks with Chandler.  Devalue and then extend?  That’s a rather contradictory management approach, but I guess they feel they have a better chance of signing Chandler than they did of getting Lebron James to come to the phone on a warm July night last summer.

Still, Hill and Chandler might come back and hurt the Knicks very badly, as the team’s latest scandal unfolds. 

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports broke news earlier today of former New York Knicks Director of East Coast scouting Rodney Heard conducting illegal pre-draft workouts in gymnasiums in Atlanta.These workout sessions allegedly took place before the 2007, 2009, and 2010 NBA drafts.

NBA rules allow teams only two workouts with players spaced three days apart. Teams are also not allowed to work out any players before the annual NBA pre-draft camp.

Prior to the 2007 draft, Heard supposedly used his relationship with Wilson Chandler‘s agent, Chris Luchey, to work work out with Chandler for weeks.

This certainly gave the Knicks an unfair advantage over other teams, as they had more exposure and direct access to Chandler to further evaluate his talent and potential at the NBA level. Chandler was generally regarded as a second-round pick coming into the draft and has since been one of the great picks of the 2007 class.

Wilson declined an invite to the NBA pre-draft camp in Orlando and canceled workouts with multiple teams prior to the draft. He scheduled seven workouts in the nine days leading up to the draft, and there were questions at the time as to whether or not he already had an understanding with a team as a guaranteed selection in the first round.

Now that this story has come to light, it’s all but certain that he had an agreement with the Knicks to forgo workouts with other teams with the assurance that he would be their pick at No. 23.

The man leading the front office—the man most likely responsible for those assurances—was none other than Isiah Thomas. Surprised? Well, you shouldn’t be.

This also helps to debunk the absurd notion that Thomas is an amazing evaluator of talent, as it appears that he has had an unfair advantage.

The man currently in charge, Donnie Walsh, has denied any knowledge or involvement in the illegal draft workout sessions supervised by Heard. Until a formal investigation uncovers the truth, we can only take him at his word.

The more intriguing story is that of Indiana Pacers guard Brandon Rush.

Rush—an All-American from Kansas who was projected as a high lottery pick in the 2007 draft—suffered a devastating ACL tear in his right knee during one of the workouts led by Heard. This injury and the six months of rehabilitation that followed forced him to pull out of the 2007 draft.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/502639-breaking-news-rodney-heard-brandon-rush-and-new-york-knicks-scouting-scandal

Confronted with these allegations, team president Donnie Walsh said this evening that he had no idea that any of this took place.  Of course he didn’t.  He’s too busy working his wheelchair.

I’m taking the Raptors tomorrow night, and saying a prayer that the Knicks will only be penalized cash and not draft picks for their latest transgression.

Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com, www.crackbillionair.com)

Isiah Thomas, with his biggest ticket Knicks’ acquisition, Stephon Marbury (above).

http://nba.fanhouse.com/2010/07/23/stephon-marbury-reportedly-turns-down-the-miami-heat/

Thomas and the former apple of his eye, Anucha Browne Sanders, whom he sexually harrassed.

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/08/09/knicks-isiah-hiring-endangers-franchise/

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/2007/09/12/2007-09-12_brownesanders_slams_isiah_thomas_in_sexh.html

On Friday, October 24th, 2008, Isiah Thomas overdosed on sleeping pills, and then promptly tried to blame the incident on his daughter, despite ample facts to the contrary.

Police were reportedly sent to the home of former New York Knicks head coach and president Isiah Thomas early Friday morning in response to a call that Thomas had overdosed on sleeping pills.WCBSTV in New York reported Friday afternoon on the overdose. The television station said that Thomas was rushed to a White Plains Hospital for treatment, but his condition is not yet known.

http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=nba/news/news.aspx?id=4187055

The Chief of Police in Harrison N.Y. blasted former NBA star and New York Knicks head coach Isiah Thomas for using his daughter to “cover up” his accidental overdose according to the New York Daily News.

Harrison Police Chief David Hall said the former NBA great was throwing his 17-year-old daughter “under the bus” by claiming she was the one rushed to the hospital Friday, not him.

“My cops … know the difference between a 47-year-old black male and a young black female,” Hall told The Associated Press. “It wasn’t his daughter – and why they’re throwing her under the bus is beyond my ability to understand.”

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/rumors/post/Police-say-Isiah-Thomas-used-daughter-for-coveru?urn=nba-117409

Why would Isiah throw his daughter “under the bus” like that?  Why would Isiah practice a consistent policy of sexual harrassment in the offices of MSG?  And why would Garden owner James Dolan, made to pay Anucha Browne Sanders, the woman whom Thomas harrassed, $ 11.5 M, bring a guy like Thomas back, after the guy has hurt his wallet, embarrassed the franchise and nearly ruined it, and who threw his own daughter under the bus?

Why?

Because Dolan doesn’t care, though the NBA does.

The NBA, which started an investigation of the arrangement Monday, prohibits people who coach or work for a team at the collegiate level, or work for an international team, and who have regular contact with underclassmen or other draft-ineligible players, from also working for one of the league’s 30 teams.

“This arrangement runs right in the direction of that illegality,” said one Eastern Conference team president, requesting anonymity. “We have very distinct rules on this because, obviously, it could mean a team would have an unfair advantage over everyone else when it comes to having contact with a player who is not ready for the NBA.”

Sometimes, if there is a looser connection, the league will grudgingly allow for the arrangement. But Thomas’ high-profile job as a Division I head coach is seen by several GMs as a cut-and-dried case of breaking the rules.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/2010/08/10/2010-08-10_isiah_draws_nba_fire.html

Wouldn’t it be ironic though if the NBA invalidates Thomas’ consultantship, only for Dolan to go over Donnie Walsh’s head and hire Thomas as Walsh’s heir apparent? 

Dolan, the Garden chairman, wants Thomas to come back and again be in charge of the team – he tried to make Walsh hire him as GM two weeks ago – so if the league rejects Thomas as a consultant, it could speed his return.

He then could leave FIU for the Knicks, and that likely would result in Walsh stepping down, which he considered doing when he rejected Dolan’s suggestion to hire Thomas as general manager.

Even if the NBA rejects the arrangement and he stays at FIU, Thomas would still enjoy the direct pipeline he’s had to Dolan ever since leaving the organization in disgrace.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/2010/08/10/2010-08-10_isiah_draws_nba_fire.html

Here’s our take.  Dolan was less embarrassed by the sexual harrassment and by Thomas running the Knicks into the ground, than by the perception that the league and the media forced Dolan’s hand in firing Thomas, who Dolan has always been smitten with.  Dolan played nice when David Stern publicly endorsed Walsh and a short list of other candidates as possible Thomas’ replacements.

Dolan hired the preferred choice of David Stern, who has been pushing Dolan hard for months now. Stern pushed him into dropping an appeal and settling Anucha Browne Sanders’ sexual harassment suit for $11.5 million. Stern pushed Walsh on Dolan, too. This hire delivers a dose of credibility to the Knicks’ bottomed-out operation, goodwill to a city of basketball writers who’ve always been partial to Walsh’s goodwill and Bronx charm.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=aw-walshknicks040208

Well, how far and for how long could David Stern push a billionaire brat like Dolan?  Dolan probably sat quietly for Stern’s choice Walsh, and for all the guys that Walsh brought in.  Dolan probably bought into the hype surrounding this year’s free agent class, and probably thought that if the Knicks landed Lebron, then being shamed by Stern into hiring Walsh would be worth it, even if the league and the media did correctly paint Dolan as the dumbest man in sports.

But when Lebron had announced that he was announcing his decision on ESPN, and the Knicks well paid basketball hierarchy didn’t have enough juice to even get James on the phone–a clear sign that James had not chosen New York–all bets were off.  That night, Dolan dispatched Thomas to Akron, and Isiah does have enough juice to get in a room with Lebron’s lesser lackeys, who heard one last desperate pitch from Dolan through Isiah.  That may be the best thing that Thomas has going for him in Dolan’s eyes–a connection to urban athletes that the Knicks’ white brass lacks.  No matter to Dolan that Thomas had a 7-25 record in his first year as the steward of young urban athletes at FIU.

Dolan may as well have made Thomas the General Manager at that moment.  The Knicks may have whiffed on free agency’s big 3, and they may not be a playoff team, but at least a lot of their image problems had been cured, and their position for the future looked better still. 

As of right now though, the Knicks’ future looks a lot like the past they have been carefully distancing themselves from, and with good reason.  This Isiah consultantship is right up there with Dolan’s greatest accomplishments–keeping the Yankees off cable TV for over a year, and scuttling the Jets’ bid for a West Side stadium.

I’d look for Donnie Walsh to quit, but I don’t think he wants to resign from a job when he has a $ 4 + M/year paycheck coming.  As team president, if he stays on, Walsh would have final say on personnel and coaching moves, and could insulate the Knicks from Isiah’s bad judgment, if Dolan forces Thomas down Walsh’s throat and names him General Manager.  But Walsh has only one year left on his contract, guaranteed, and if Dolan really wants him out, he’ll happily pull the plug and write Walsh a check for the remainder of his pact, if he doesn’t step down.

Mr. Stern?  It was a nice try, but we are probably well beyond the spectre of your assistance here at MSG.

–Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com, www.crackbillionair.com)

Today we learned from both New York Papers that Knicks’ Team President Donnie Walsh nearly tendered his resignation over the hiring of Isiah Thomas (above) by Knicks’ and Rangers’ owner James Dolan (above), who will come in and work as a basketball consultant, and who, apparently, has remained very close with the owner with the deepest pockets and the shortest memory in the league.  It was only recently that Dolan was ordered to pay $ 11.5 M in a settlement to Anucha Browne Sanders, who Thomas sexually harrassed.  And Thomas got to keep the remaining money on his $ 21.5 M contract when Dolan finally fired him the first time, and deservedly so.  Thomas’ moves as GM put the Knicks in this woeful position where they had to totally strip the roster down to zero and build from scatch–a position that cost them points with the free agents that matter, who were all looking for other good players to play along.

A federal jury decided Madison Square Garden and its chairman must pay $11.6 million in damages to former New York Knicks executive Anucha Browne Sanders in her sexual harassment lawsuit.

A verdict earlier Tuesday found that Knicks coach Isiah Thomas subjected Browne Sanders to unwanted advances and a barrage of verbal insults, but that he did not have to pay punitive damages.

The jury did find, however, that Madison Square Garden committed harassment against the woman and decided she was entitled to punitive damages.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/10/02/sports/main3318386.shtml

Thomas was hired, despite already having a job, as the coach of the Florida International University basketball team, which he is retaining.  Somehow.  Because this seems like a glaring conflict of interest, the fact that Thomas is coaching against potential future Knicks, or coaching potential future Knicks.  Hopefully, the NCAAs and the NBA will figure out the rules that this breaks, and enforce them to the max.  Thomas is back less than a week and has already almost caused the resignation of Donnie Walsh, who, say what you want about him, will be running a fairly competitive team this year with a potentially great future ahead.

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Walsh, when consulted by Dolan on the possibility of hiring back Thomas, completely disapproved of the move.  And Amar’e Stoudemire told a reporter that Walsh was “livid” over it.

Knicks president Donnie Walsh is livid that Isiah Thomas is back in the organization and feels his standing with the franchise could be compromised by owner James Dolan’s decision to rehire Thomas, The Post has learned.

According to a Knicks source, Walsh told Thomas in a face-to-face meeting two weeks ago he did not want him working for the organization. Dolan and Thomas had agreed that Thomas could fill the team’s general manager vacancy if Walsh was OK with it.

When Walsh told Thomas he objected, Thomas went back to Dolan, who still has a love affair with the Hall of Famer and seemingly is on a mission to rehab Thomas’ image.

Without Walsh’s knowledge, Dolan and Thomas hatched a scheme in which Thomas could become a part-time consultant while remaining the coach at Florida International. (The NBA is reviewing whether the arrangement violates NBA rules on scouting procedures.)

Walsh, who had thought the Isiah issue was dead, was not debriefed until after the hiring was agreed upon, and he reluctantly put his name on a joint statement with Dolan. It was only recently that Walsh found out Thomas had been in Dolan’s ear for months, offering free advice.

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/knicks/walsh_your_back_AgooDKBkBqzS3vtJDZu7VP

So Isiah has apparently hit home with Dolan on a few points that have resonated.  Definitely on the recruiting angle, though Thomas never would have had the space to acquire even one difference making free agent, the way he extended the Knicks’ salary cap, so that should be moot.  Here’s his other big argument: D’antoni sucks.  For Thomas, that’s a great angle because Dolan does not like D’antoni.  Remember the game the Knicks were up 15 in the 4th with 7 minutes to play against Sacramento at home and lost?

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/2010/02/09/2010-02-09_knicks_slip_as_as_kings_soar.html

Apparently, Dolan was very unimpressed with the coaching and he let Walsh know about it for a reported 15 minutes.  But having Isiah back here to make any type of decision related to basketball, whether it be on a coach–recall he hired Lenny Wilkens over Mike Fratello–or a player or a contract is very questionable.  What free agent wants to come to a disharmonious franchise?  From that standpoint alone, Thomas hurts the team.

The other thing at play here is that Walsh, love him or hate him, has made some important relationships in the league.  When he steps aside, he will be able to usher in a very reputable guy here to run the team.  But what reputable guy is going to come in, as is, with Isiah whispering in Dolan’s ear over any mistakes or criticisms?

Dolan is a loyal guy.  He is sticking by Glen Sather through this ten plus years of mediocrity on the hockey side.  But if he doesn’t like you, you are gone.  D’antoni could be that guy who is gone, in those terms.  But where does Isiah fit in, in a positive sense?  It’s a universally unpopular move, and as such, would probably be frowned upon by potential additions to the team.

And let’s not forget he sexually harrassed that woman.

–Crack (http://crackbillionair.wwordpress.com, www.crackbillionair.com)

The Knicks love a good circus.  For one, that is what their seasons are like–part comedic, part greusome, with a lot of ‘how did they manage to do that?’ moments.  Not in a good way.  Circus’s love their sideshows to keep the people entertained.  Knicks’ owner Jim Dolan could have settled with Anucha Browne Sanders, but instead opted for a long, public trial in which Isiah Thomas and then Knicks’ star Stephon Marbury got on the stand and anhilated the team’s flagging image.  Do you remember the married Marbury brag in open court about pressuring a 20 year old girl for sex in his Bentley outside the garden?  The farther we go back, we can recall Patrick Ewing in open court, admitting to the world that the Knicks’ legend would have oral sex arranged for him with the dancers when he went into Scores by the Gambino Crime Family.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/2007/09/12/2007-09-12_knicks_marbury_admits_luring_woman_into_.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/24/us/in-testimony-patrick-ewing-tells-of-favors-at-strip-club.html

Since the Knicks had no first round pick last year, there was no benefit to them not doing anything and everything they could to have a good record, especially when selling the proposition/fantasy that they’d be signing Lebron James. 

The Knicks should have been doing everything and anything possible to win games.  And they opt to sit Nate Robinson, perhaps the team’s best scorer, for 5 weeks and 14 games.  The Knicks who can not score and on whom Robinson stars.  Did they really teach Nate Robinson a lesson?  Did they improve their season in any way when the coaching staff banished Nate Robinson, and soured the team’s and player’s relationship, to the point where a scoring machine is traded?

These young players who the Knicks hope to attract have probably all taken note of the Nate Robinson situation, and must have reservations about Mike D’antoni, who was chosen for the job over Mark Jackson, who would have been the far more likely candidate to get along with his players, as he did with his teammates in his excellent career as a point guard in the NBA.  Speaking of point guards and fantasy sells, the Knicks latest pipedream is landing Chris Paul in a trade somehow, despite denials by Paul yesterday that he wishes to stay in New Orleans.  Paul devalued himself by publicly speaking about a trade, and his denial needed to happen.  He’s got to be the good soldier until the Hornets can get him out of there.

But why would they trade him to the Knicks?  This is still a very thin ball club with a bare cupboard when it comes to ammo for a major trade.  The Knicks need to do whatever they can to improve their roster, and keeping improving it, if they are to have any chance at Paul, who when one thinks about it, can imagine ten or more teams putting together a better package for Paul than the Knicks.  Recently Knicks President Donnie Walsh was pandering in the press about Amar’e Stoudemire being the only untouchable player on the team.  Even so, I’m not sure that other teams view the Toney Douglasses and Danillo Galinaris as these great young players, the way the Knicks do. 

This summer, we heard a lot about D’antoni wanting guys who were right for his up tempo system.  But what about when he has a guy like that, like say, Nate Robinson, and he’s unable to get along with him.  Make no mistake–Stoudemire and D’antoni did not see eye to eye when they were together in Phoenix, and Stoudemire was vocally critical of D’antoni.  It shows a major a flaw–the inability to make relationships work with top players.

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The best things the Knicks can do to attract top players, is to keep adding young talent and have a coach with a good reputation with the players.  If D’antoni is not that guy, let’s pray the Knicks can get Mark Jackson in there next.  He deserves a chance, and after so much shenanigans and scandals, would be a great face for the franchise.

–Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)

Newest Knick, point guard Raymond Felton (above).

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The Knicks may have lost out on the Lebron James sweepstakes, but one day after announcing the David Lee sign and trade that netted them Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike, and Ronny Turiaf, the Knicks have solved a problem at a long standing trouble spot, agreeing to terms on a three year contract with former Bobcat and North Carolina Tar Heel, Raymond Felton–who was perhaps the best remaining free agent available.

The Knicks reached an agreement in principle Friday with Felton, the free agent who played five seasons with the Charlotte Bobcats, including the last two under former Knicks coach Larry Brown.

The deal could be finalized as early as Saturday. Three days ago, Duhon signed a free agent contract with Orlando.

Felton’s contract is believed to be a three-year deal worth approximately $25 million, which doesn’t preclude the Knicks from pursuing Chris Paul or Tony Parker next summer. The Knicks were also considering Luke Ridnour, but felt that Felton was the better player to go along with Amar’e Stoudemire and Danilo Gallinari.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/2010/07/09/2010-07-09_new_york_knicks_reach_agreement_in_principle_with_free_agent_point_guard_raymond.html

Raymond Felton’s career stats:

 
Year Team G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
05-06 CHA 80 54 30.1 0.391 0.358 0.725 1.0 2.4 3.3 5.6 1.3 0.1 2.27 2.26 11.8
06-07 CHA 78 75 36.3 0.384 0.330 0.797 0.7 2.8 3.4 7.0 1.5 0.1 2.95 2.31 14.0
07-08 CHA 79 79 37.6 0.413 0.280 0.800 0.5 2.5 3.0 7.4 1.2 0.2 2.70 2.33 14.4
08-09 CHA 82 81 37.6 0.408 0.285 0.805 0.7 3.1 3.8 6.7 1.5 0.4 2.78 2.33 14.2
09-10 CHA 80 80 33.0 0.459 0.385 0.763 0.7 2.9 3.6 5.6 1.5 0.3 2.10 2.15 12.1
Career 399 369 34.9 0.410 0.327 0.782 0.7 2.7 3.4 6.4 1.4 0.2 2.56 2.28 13.3

Felton is 26 years old, is a career starter, and has only missed 11 games in his NBA career.  He represents perhaps the best point guard solution the Knicks have come up with since a young Mark Jackson.

–Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)

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