Monta Ellis


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.

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/08/05/brown-to-neg-knicks-as-they-plan-for-melo/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/30/knicks-news-chicago-police-after-curry-knicks-offer-contract-to-lakers-g-shannon-brown/ 

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/28/knicks-newest-fantasy-sell-chris-paul/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/knicks-to-land-rudy-fernandez/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/10/knicks-sign-point-guard-raymond-felton/

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

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/21/knicks-protect-investment-block-stoudemire-from-playing-at-world-championships/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/10/knicks-sign-point-guard-raymond-felton/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/knicks-mull-lee-sign-and-trades-as-fallback-options-to-lebron-and-wade/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/david-lee-thanks-for-the-memories/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/with-various-reports-linking-lebron-to-miami-knicks-rumored-to-have-agreed-to-trade-david-lee-to-golden-state/

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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)

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/03/knicks-sign-consolation-prize-amare-stoudemire/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/knicks-rumors/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/24/panic-city-cleveland-finally-fires-mike-brown/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/15/memo-to-cleveland-you-have-a-problem/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/will-domino-effect-land-knicks-lebron-or-wade/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/toronto-okays-bosh-sign-and-trade-to-cleveland-bosh-rejects-deal/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/boshwade-meetings-mean-miami-for-both/

If new Knicks’ power forward and $ 100 M man Amar’e Stoudemire (directly above) thought he’d be playing for Team USA at the World Championships next month and chilling on the Dream Team’s bench at the elbows and in the ears of the best America has to offer, then he couldn’t have been happy when the Knicks told the centerpiece of their rebuilding project this week that they were denying him permission to play. 

The Knicks informed their new power forward Monday night, just days after Stoudemire tweeted: “There isn’t anything that would stop me from playing for the U.S.”

Stoudemire was disappointed but accepted the decision, according to team president Donnie Walsh, who wasn’t willing to risk his free-agent prize on a 15-day tournament in Turkey. The U.S. team opened training camp Tuesday in Las Vegas.

“He really wanted to play but understood our position,” said Walsh, who added that Stoudemire needed more rest after playing through the end of May in the Western Conference finals. “He was a man about it.”

Stoudemire’s agent, Happy Walters, did not return a phone call.

Insured players typically don’t need permission to compete for national teams, but Stoudemire’s contract wasn’t covered because of his medical rap sheet. Microscopic surgery on his left knee in 2005 and a detached retina in 2009, among other health issues, have limited the 27-year-old to only three 82-game seasons in his eight-year career. Durability was a major reason the Suns declined to offer Stoudemire a max contract, even after he was named to four consecutive All-Star teams and played every game last season.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/2010/07/21/2010-07-21_knicks_block_amare_shot.html

Stoudemire, the only top tier free agent the Knicks have managed to acquire this off-season, albeit one near the bottom of the top tier, was one of only 5 players this month to earn a contract at $100 M or more.  But Stoudemire’s 2005 microfracture surgery makes his contract uninsurable.  The Knicks are still reminded of the last mistake they made on an uninsurable player because that player is on the roster and a constant eyesore–Eddy Curry.  Isiah Thomas signed Curry to a $56 M/7 yr deal in 2004 that was uninsurable due to a Curry heart condition.  The Knicks had hoped that Curry would attend their summer league in Las Vegas because he has played so little basketball the last two years.  Curry did not show up for the voluntary workouts and Curry already thinks Knicks’ coach Mike D’antoni is holding it against him.

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/03/23/before-they-can-worry-about-free-agents-knicks-need-a-coach/

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

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/18/lebron-knicks-center-eddy-curry-to-work-out-together/

Last week, when the Knicks made the mysterious decision to sign Russian 7 footer, Timofey Mozgov, it is believed they informed Mozgov that he would back up newly acquired Center Ronny Turiaf who came to the Knicks as part of the David Lee sign and trade.  At least, that’s what Curry’s agent believes took place, as was reported by the New York media.

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

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/10/knicks-sign-point-guard-raymond-felton/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/knicks-mull-lee-sign-and-trades-as-fallback-options-to-lebron-and-wade/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/david-lee-thanks-for-the-memories/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/with-various-reports-linking-lebron-to-miami-knicks-rumored-to-have-agreed-to-trade-david-lee-to-golden-state/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/with-various-reports-linking-lebron-to-miami-knicks-rumored-to-have-agreed-to-trade-david-lee-to-golden-state/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/19/knick-caught-with-weed-in-queens/

It seems strange that they would guarantee playing time to a guy unable to start on his European League team and who has never played a minute in the NBA.  When D’antoni was asked about it, he responded by saying that he couldn’t promise any time to a player he hasn’t really seen, and that the Knicks would find a place on the floor for a well conditioned Curry.

In terms of the decision to hold Stoudemire out of the Worlds in Turkey next month, it’s simply a smart play on their part from the standpoint of protecting their big new investment.  Remember, this is the Knicks we are talking about, who found a way to trade Marcus Camby for Antonio McDyess and then watched McDyess go down for the year in the final minute of the first half of an exhibition game.  While they have lost out on their target of 2-3 years in Lebron James, they have probably had the 2nd best off-season of any team, were in the mix for James despite doing everything wrong up until that very week, and despite the very questionable Mozgov signing.  I like the decision to hold Stoudemire out of international competition.

If Stoudemire thought he’d be pitching potential free agents like Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony on joining him in New York next month in Las Vegas and Turkey, he will either be doing so as a spectator, or via twitter and text message.  Hopefully the decision to hold him out of these games does not impinge on the Knicks’ ability to recruit or acquire top tier players in the future.

As for Amar’e, who took the money the Knicks threw at him, he doesn’t play for country anymore.  Now he’s just a New York Knickerbocker.

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

Newest Knick, point guard Raymond Felton (above).

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/knicks-concede-lebron-to-miami/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/with-various-reports-linking-lebron-to-miami-knicks-rumored-to-have-agreed-to-trade-david-lee-to-golden-state/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/will-domino-effect-land-knicks-lebron-or-wade/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/toronto-okays-bosh-sign-and-trade-to-cleveland-bosh-rejects-deal/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/boshwade-meetings-mean-miami-for-both/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/david-lee-thanks-for-the-memories/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/knicks-rumors/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/knicks-mull-lee-sign-and-trades-as-fallback-options-to-lebron-and-wade/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/lebron-james-chilling-with-ex-knick-great-allan-houston-in-new-york-see-video-of-jared-dudley-revealing-inside-information/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/07/is-lebron-announcements-location-good-news-for-knicks/

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)

The New York Post has just reported that Lebron James has booked a large number of rooms at a South Beach hotel, and that he is planning a party in Miami.

LeBron James is ready to party it up in what may be his new basketball home.

James has booked 25 rooms at the W Hotel in South Beach starting tonight, a source told the Post. That fuels speculation that James will announce that he will sign with the Heat tonight at 9 p.m. during an ESPN special.

Though the Knicks are still clinging to a sliver of hope, they have heard through back channels that James is not likely headed to the Big Apple.

A source connected to James said, “ You should be writing about the Heat,’’ and there are multiple reports saying James is likely to join Pat Riley’s Miami club. The Knicks also believe Cleveland is still in the running and ahead of them in the chase for James.

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/knicks/report_with_heat_favored_over_knicks_f3LUmn9hVLmXN1AUncxG7I

We certainly hope this report proves to be false.

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/with-various-reports-linking-lebron-to-miami-knicks-rumored-to-have-agreed-to-trade-david-lee-to-golden-state/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/will-domino-effect-land-knicks-lebron-or-wade/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/toronto-okays-bosh-sign-and-trade-to-cleveland-bosh-rejects-deal/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/boshwade-meetings-mean-miami-for-both/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/david-lee-thanks-for-the-memories/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/knicks-rumors/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/knicks-mull-lee-sign-and-trades-as-fallback-options-to-lebron-and-wade/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/lebron-james-chilling-with-ex-knick-great-allan-houston-in-new-york-see-video-of-jared-dudley-revealing-inside-information/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/07/is-lebron-announcements-location-good-news-for-knicks/

The Knicks can’t be happy right now.

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

Anthony Randolph (above).

With multiple reports claiming the Miami Heat have won the Lebron James free agent sweepstakes, with those sources including Knicks’ Newsday beat writer, Alan Hahn, saying that James’ people “did not realize” that Greenwich was so close to the Knicks’ facility in SUNY Purchase, and that James has decided to join forces with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, it seems as though the Knicks have begun to move on, and will announce a sign and trade for David Lee that would make power forwards Anthony Randolph and Rony Turiaf to New York, and perhaps F Kelenna Azubuike and/or Vladimir Radmanovic,  not point guard Monta Ellis, which has been widely reported.

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/will-domino-effect-land-knicks-lebron-or-wade/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/toronto-okays-bosh-sign-and-trade-to-cleveland-bosh-rejects-deal/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/boshwade-meetings-mean-miami-for-both/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/david-lee-thanks-for-the-memories/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/knicks-rumors/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/knicks-mull-lee-sign-and-trades-as-fallback-options-to-lebron-and-wade/

Acquiring Randolph, the 14th pick in the first round of the 2008 draft out of LSU, who is scheduled to make $ 1.96 M next year, Ronny Turiaf is scheduled to make $ 4 M and $ 4.3 M in 2011-2012, and Azubuike is scheduled to make $ 3.36 M this year, and has an expiring contract.  Vladimir Radmanovic is scheduled to make $ 6.8 M this year, and his contract would also expire after next season.

Here are Randolph’s career stats:

Career Season Averages
Year Team G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
08-09 GSW 63 22 17.9 0.462 0.000 0.716 2.0 3.7 5.8 0.8 0.7 1.2 1.27 2.24 7.9
09-10 GSW 33 8 22.7 0.443 0.200 0.801 2.2 4.3 6.5 1.3 0.8 1.6 1.48 2.79 11.6
Career 96 30 19.6 0.454 0.111 0.758 2.1 3.9 6.0 0.9 0.7 1.3 1.34 2.43 9.2

Turiaf’s career stats:

Career Season Averages
Year Team G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
05-06 LAL 23 1 7.0 0.500 0.000 0.556 0.5 1.1 1.6 0.3 0.1 0.4 0.30 1.30 2.0
06-07 LAL 72 1 15.1 0.549 0.000 0.664 1.2 2.4 3.6 0.9 0.2 1.1 0.72 2.81 5.3
07-08 LAL 78 21 18.7 0.474 0.000 0.753 1.2 2.7 3.9 1.6 0.4 1.4 0.92 2.55 6.6
08-09 GSW 79 26 21.5 0.508 0.000 0.790 1.1 3.4 4.6 2.1 0.4 2.1 0.89 3.08 5.9
09-10 GSW 42 20 20.8 0.582 0.000 0.474 1.3 3.3 4.5 2.1 0.6 1.3 1.17 2.33 4.9
Career 294 69 17.9 0.514 0.000 0.690 1.1 2.8 3.9 1.5 0.4 1.4 0.85 2.63 5.5

Azubuike’s career stas:

Career Season Averages
Year Team G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
06-07 GSW 41 9 16.3 0.445 0.430 0.782 0.6 1.7 2.3 0.7 0.5 0.2 0.95 1.20 7.1
07-08 GSW 81 17 21.4 0.445 0.364 0.717 1.3 2.7 4.0 0.9 0.6 0.4 0.72 1.96 8.5
08-09 GSW 74 51 32.1 0.464 0.448 0.808 1.5 3.5 5.0 1.6 0.8 0.7 1.28 2.47 14.4
09-10 GSW 9 7 25.7 0.545 0.370 0.679 1.3 3.2 4.6 1.1 0.6 1.0 0.78 1.78 13.9
Career 205 84 24.4 0.459 0.409 0.770 1.3 2.8 4.0 1.1 0.6 0.5 0.97 1.99 10.6

The Knicks feel Azabuike would be a good fit as a perimeter shooter in Mike D’antoni’s speedball offense.  A trade involving Randolph, who would be a good fit next to Stoudemire, and who averaged 6.5 rebounds per game in only 22.7 minutes, could replace a lot of the rebounds that David Lee will be taking with him.  A trade involving Azabuike, Radmanovic and Randolph, and Eddy Curry’s expiring contract would give the Knicks approximately $ 22.5 M in cap space for next year.

http://www.sbnation.com/2010/7/8/1558668/david-lee-warriors-knicks-anthony-randolph-nba-free-agency-rumors-sign-trade

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

Allan Houston (above), rumored to be heavily recruiting Lebron James (below), may be hosting the free agent prize at his Greenwich, Connecticut home this evening.

Could this be too good for Knicks’ fans to be true?  Several sources have reported, though unconfirmed, that former Pistons’ and Knicks’ great, and current Knick front office employee, Allan Houston, is entertaining Lebron James, who arrived in New York this evening, and that James may even be a guest at Houston’s sprawling Greenwich mansion this evening.

Should this be true, James to the Knicks is a slam dunk–another piece of speculation being rampantly reported by various internet sources this evening.

http://www.myfoxphilly.com/dpp/sports/tmz%3A-lebron-james-will-pick-the-knicks

Jared just phoned into TMZ Live … and revealed that his top secret NBA sources have information directly from the Knicks … that LeBron has informed team officials that he will be joining the team.

Check out the audio and listen to the whole thing. LeBron is expected to make his “official” announcement tomorrow evening.

http://www.tmz.com/2010/07/07/tmz-live-jared-dudley-lebron-james-nba-new-york-knicks/

If Allan Houston has indeed been instrumental in bringing Lebron James to the Knicks, Houston, said to be the heir apparent to aging team president Donnie Walsh, deserves an immediate promotion.  Sources have said that Houston sold James on the Knicks as one of the classiest franchises in sport, despite recent woes.

It is believed that Houston discussed with James how supportive Knicks’ brass was with him when he suffered from debilitating knee and back injuries toward the end of his career, and how the Knicks allowed Houston to try out for the team after he had collected an enormous injury settlement at the time of his retirement–a very uncharacteristic move by an NBA ownership group.

Houston is said to be very close friends with Knicks primary owner Jim Dolan.  Should Houston really be instrumental in orchestrating James to New York–the coup of all coups–it would no doubt be an even bigger contribution the franchise than putting the Heat out of the playoffs with a last second shot in the 1999 playoffs, when the 8th seeded Knicks defeated the top seeded Heat, and made their last run to the NBA Finals.  Take a look at that shot at the video link below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ex-U50tT4aI

For more on this year’s banner NBA free agent class, and on the Knicks, check out the links below:

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/03/knicks-sign-consolation-prize-amare-stoudemire/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/will-domino-effect-land-knicks-lebron-or-wade/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/toronto-okays-bosh-sign-and-trade-to-cleveland-bosh-rejects-deal/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/boshwade-meetings-mean-miami-for-both/

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

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/david-lee-thanks-for-the-memories/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/knicks-rumors/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/knicks-mull-lee-sign-and-trades-as-fallback-options-to-lebron-and-wade/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/yanks-cashman-lebron-james-is-going-to-be-a-knick/

James will make his announcement Thursday at 9 PM EST, live on ESPN.

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

Since word was released earlier that Lebron James plans to make his free agent choice on ESPN live Thursday At 9 PM EST from a Boys and Girls Club facility in Greenwich, Connecticut, which is only minutes from the New York Knicks’ practice facility at SUNY Purchase in Rye, New York, speculation has been rampant that the prized free agent is set to join the New York Knicks.  The Knicks, who were the only team to receive a second audience with James of the 6 suitors, were said to have sought James’ blessing on the free agent acquisition of Amar’e Stoudemire, which James granted.  Also, at that 2nd meeting, James’ agent is believed to have discussed with the Knicks in detail their plans to continue to improve the team, which included a conversation about the salary cap space that New York will have after the 2010-2011 season, and the Knicks’ ability to sign another max contract free agent, which they assured James’ representatives they would be able to do.

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/03/knicks-sign-consolation-prize-amare-stoudemire/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/will-domino-effect-land-knicks-lebron-or-wade/

Other signs that seem to favor the Knicks today are a noticeable rise in the value of Madison Square Garden stock, and tweets by Stoudemire’s former Phoenix teammate and close friend, Jared Dudley, stating that James will announce tomorrow that he is signing with New York.

Aside from Greenwich being a short drive from the Knicks training facility in Greenburgh, NY, former Suns teammate of Amar’e Stoudemire, Jared Dudley, posted on his Twitter account earlier Monday, “Breaking News!!! My sources tell me LeBron will announce that he will be goin to the NY KNICKS tomorrow on ESPN.. This is serious.. WOW!!!!”

And if you’re trying to read the tea leaves, shares of Madison Square Garden Inc. (MSG) rose 6.4 percent today.

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

Though the article linked above was co-written by NY Daily News Knicks’ beat writer Frank Isola, Isola appeared via telephone with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo on Mad Dog Radio on Sirius XM Satellite Radio in the past hour, and downplayed James to New York, while predicting that James will remain in Cleveland.  Frankly, and this comes from a devout Knick fan, Isola is a very poor Knicks’ reporter, who has only been updating his Knicksnation blog about once a day, despite myriad developments over the last week involving the Knicks.

Isola offered zero information in his 20 minute spot with Russo, downplayed Dudley’s twitter remarks, and surmised out loud that James is going to pick Cleveland from Connecticut as a means of creating a smoke screen, because James likes the drama and suspense he has created, and any announcement coming from Ohio would be read into that James will obviously return to Cleveland.  This situation is entirely unique in sport where a professional athlete calls his own press conference to announce a free agent destination, but when high school recruits do so, generally the school of choice does already know of the athlete’s decision.

Could Isola know more than he lets on and be sworn to secrecy, like everyone is at ESPN, where some surely must know what team James chose, but who will not say a thing and risk compromising their prime time ratings tomorrow night?  Isn’t the team James chooses going to be eager to in the very least put a uniform and hat on James and get some photos with their new or returning star?  The proximity of Greenwich to the Knicks’ training facility in Rye would allow the Knicks the easiest access to James in Connecticut, while offering Cleveland the worst access.  Greenwich is widely considered to be Knicks’ country.  James obviously has known what team he will choose for at least a day, since making the announcement that he will make the announcement live in the 9 to 10 PM slot Thursday evening on ESPN.  James probably made his decision as soon as he knew that Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade were signing with Miami.

Whereas many, including Isola, have suggested that James is “too good a guy” to go on national television and completely destroy a city, and that announcing he is leaving Cleveland in this manner would be akin to stabbing Cleveland in the back, others feel that James will make his announcement devoid of sentiment, and will choose based on what is best for his career going forward.  A major factor in that line of reasoning would have to be Chris Bosh’s rejection of a sign and trade to Cleveland yesterday, which would clearly delineate to deluded Clevelanders that real NBA stars not from Ohio do not want any part of living in Ohio, even if it meant a chance to play with James.  James one time good friend and teammate, Carlos Boozer, also jilted James once, leaving Cleveland as a free agent, though he pledged not to, to play for the Utah Jazz.  Boozer, another highly sought free agent this year, agreed to a 5 yr, $ 80 M deal with Chicago this afternoon.

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/toronto-okays-bosh-sign-and-trade-to-cleveland-bosh-rejects-deal/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/boshwade-meetings-mean-miami-for-both/

James’ mother Gloria was said to have a sexual relationship with James’ Cleveland teammate Delonte West, who Cleveland is desperately trying to trade, probably in a last ditch effort to appease James any way they can.  West was rumored to be part of the Bosh proposed sign and trade, and was rumored this morning to be in separate deals, some alongside Jamario Moon, so that Cleveland could make additional cap space.

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

If James chooses the Knicks, I for one feel the Knicks owe a great debt to Bosh, whose decision to nix Cleveland yesterday was monumental.  If the Knicks lose out on the guy who has been the apple of their eye for years, they will probably try to improve their roster by exploring sign and trade options in which they dealt David Lee.

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/david-lee-thanks-for-the-memories/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/knicks-rumors/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/knicks-mull-lee-sign-and-trades-as-fallback-options-to-lebron-and-wade/

Though one prominent New York name in sports doesn’t think it will come to that.  Yankees GM Brian Cashman said this week he fully expects James to make the best decision for himself, and predicted the star would sign with the Knicks.

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/yanks-cashman-lebron-james-is-going-to-be-a-knick/

GO NY GO NY GO!!!!

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

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