ENYK wrote:nykballa2k4 wrote:moocow007 wrote:
So why don't they just roll over and die? That's what you want the Knicks to do? They have a 26 year old star. They have a COY. They have $70 million in cap. They have draft assets. They have a front office that is made up of guys from proven franchises. They managed to win 41 games in a 72 game season with arguably one of the least talented rosters in the league. Why on earth would they want to reboot again? Cause they can't be be the Nets? 28 other teams in the NBA can't be the Nets either. You want to just throw things up in the air and hope for the best? They might as well just fire everyone and hire an organ grinder monkey to run things then.
Roll over and die is a plan... just saying...
Signing a max player into cap space would be fine (if there was a guy to sign). As long as we preserve a war-chest so that we can go all-in for the next Harden-type who is demanding out.
In the interest of being real, the teams who have won championships in the past 10 years have all have had a wing player who is capable of being all-defense and also leading a team in scoring.
Lakers - LeBron
Raptors - Kawhi
Warriors - KD
Warriors - KD
Cavs - LeBron
Warriors - only exception with Iguodala/Barnes both being high-end athletic defenders
Spurs - Kawhi
Heat - Bron
Heat - Bron
Mavs - Shawn Marion. (other possible exception due to age)
So 8/10, possible 9/11 of the most recent seasons, it have come to having Durant, LeBron, Kawhi on your team.
So right now the surest way to a title comes by getting one of these 3 two-way players, or locating them in the draft.
Rolling over and dying is the ONLY plan.
Kawhi ain't coming here... That entire generation of star wings/guards ain't coming here.
So you have to draft that guy, or have enough low cost young assets/picks to trade for that guy from the next generation of superstars (Tatum, Zion, Donovan, Luka, etc.) and the cap flexibility to pair him with one of his peers.
This is a 5 year plan, not a 1-2 year plan. But this is the Knicks, and we've proven time and again we don't have the appetite for a true rebuild. We have a nice little run in the regular season and we're ready to start throwing money at glorified role players expecting them to one day be contender-worthy superstars.
Three top 4 picks in 36 years suggests we haven't actually tried the tank/organic rebuild process for the time it actually takes for it to be effective.
Please explain that knicks fans don't have an appetite to rebuild, they just had their first playoff win in 8 years. Of course the fans do, but they want a proper rebuild, the knicks have "tried" to rebuild and drafted Frank and Knox. 2 top 10 picks that aren't even rotational players. You can't miss that horribly on not 1 but 2 picks. The part that I think you are failing to realize that the knicks have the flexibility key word flexibility to do whatever they want. They have enough picks to trade up if they want, they have enough picks to trade for a player, they have the most cap space in the league. I mean other than coming off another miserable season, explain exactly how what situation they are in right now isn't the perfect situation to be in even if they were rebuilding right now?