Donnie Walsh's Wish List Revealed

Future Kings of New York?

In very odd timing, the Knicks front office revealed this summer’s major targets, and none of the names come as a surprise. Lebron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade were noted as Walsh’s biggest targets for the upcoming summer.

Two names were left off which I found surprising, Amare Stoudemire and Joe Johnson were left off Walsh’s list for whatever reason and that is actually pretty releaving because I really don’t want to see either in a Knick uniform.

So without further a do let me break down Walsh’s wish list.

    Chris Bosh:

So, obviously adding Bosh would be great but not without adding Lebron or Wade. Now, a lot of people may wonder what Bosh brings to the table that David Lee doesn’t. Lee is a consistent scorer on the offensive end, but Lee’s game is very limited and really is not even close to the level Bosh is currently at. Bosh can command the post like few in this game, and can virtually score from anywhere around basket.

Bosh plays a very similar style to Pau Gasol. Gasol gets a lot of unwarranted hate for being “soft” much like Bosh. Gasol is perhaps one of the most underrated post players in the game today, but since Bosh has been surrounded by players who don’t mesh at all Bosh’s game has suffered mightily. Both players are the perfect #2 options on championship teams, so placing Bosh with either Lebron or Wade would without a doubt make us a contender.

Now comes the very difficult part; Dwyane Wade or Lebron James? Let us first dive into Wade’s World.

    Dwyane Wade:

Wade is already ahead of James on my wish list for one reason and one reason only; he’s won a championship. Granted, Wade has struggled with injuries over last few seasons, but the simple fact of the matter is Wade has done something Lebron has not and that is win an NBA title. Wade’s game resembles Allen Iverson’s in a lot of ways, except Wade’s defense is miles ahead of Iverson’s and is a much better team player then Iverson ever was. Granted, I don’t think Wade would of won his championship without Shaq but that is perhaps one of the stupidest arguments in basketball.

Well, Kobe wouldn’t have won any titles without Shaq or Pau, Jordan without Pippen or Rodman, Pierce without KG, the list goes on and on. This argument is tossed around ESPN all the time and it’s beyond infuriating. Wade was the #1 option on the Heat’s championship campaign and Shaq came through as the #2 option, which propelled the Heat to become NBA champions. Kobe has been the #1 option on a championship team once, which was last season. Duncan never would have won any titles without the help of Ginobli and Parker as well.

Wade is one of the best #1 options in the league and has proven he’s capable of carrying a team on his back into the playoffs, but EVERY #1 option needs a #2 option to win a championship and Chris Bosh fills that void.

Wade would absolutely dominate in D’Antoni’s system, but playing alongside Toney Douglas might not be the best fit going forward. Wade won a championship with two of the best passers this game has ever seen in Gary Payton and Jason Williams at the point. If the Knicks can bring in Tony Parker or another veteran point to play with Wade and Bosh anything short of championship would be unacceptable.

    Lebron James:

Lebron James is the greatest player in the game today, there is no argument anymore. So obviously I’d love to have him come to the Big Apple, but there are still a lot of question marks that come with Lebron. After watching Lebron take Game 5 and 6 off in this year’s NBA playoffs I lost a lot of respect for Lebron as a player. Wade may not be as talented as Lebron, but Wade would never have taken games off like Lebron did. Lebron is still a very immature player, and that’s pretty frustrating considering just how good he is.

Another big concern I have with Lebron being in New York is all the distractions and pressure he’d have. Lebron is the king of Cleveland, but I’m not sure he could handle being the king of New York. Lebron also plays the same position as 3/4 of our returning players going into next season, including our top-10 lottery pick just two years ago in Danilo Gallinari. We’re already crowded with forwards so adding Lebron would still not fill our major holes on the roster.

    Final Verdict:

In closing, adding Bosh and Lebron/Wade would instantly propel the Knicks into contenders going into next season, but in regards to who would be the best fit?

The answer is quite simply, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

Tags: Allen Iverson Amare Stoudemire Chris Bosh Cleveland Cavaliers Danilo Gallinari Donnie Walsh Dwyane Wade Gary Payton Jason Williams Joe Johnson LeBron James Mike D'Antoni New York Knicks Pau Gasol Shaquille O'Neal Toney Douglas Tony Parker

  • Stan

    I’d like Bosh with either of those 2 players but in truth I don’t think the Knicks will get Wade or Lebron. I think we sign Bosh and we will have to wait for next year to get Carmello Anthony. Getting Tony Parker is also something I can see happening but only in 2011 as a FA not as a trade this year, but then I think a trade with Minnesota for one of their PGs would better serve the Knicks in the long run. Also I’d like to see a shotblocking center like Dallas’ Brendan Haywood (a NYC product)who is also a FA this year. Also remember that Eddy curry comes off the books next year. Don’t think 1 year fix, think 2 year fix that will keep the Knicks good for 5 years or so when we have draft picks again.

  • Stan

    I meant 5+ years

  • Chase Thomas

    I agree with most of what you said except for just coming away with Bosh this summer. We’re going to use two max contracts no matter what and I’m 99% sure Bosh is signing wherever Wade or Lebron go.

    So if we can’t lure Lebron or Wade I see us ending up with Amare and Joe this summer.

    I REALLY want Haywood like you’ve mentioned and really hope Walsh can bring him in.

    Good comment!

    • Alex David, aka Short White Boy


      I don’t see Walsh just going for two max contracts no matter what, ‘cuz as Stan mentioned (& you have in the past), we might want to keep our options open for Carmelo in 2011 if we strike out this summer. And Joe played himself out of a max contract. We might end up with him and A’mare, but I think Walsh would probably offer JJ a bit less than max money.

      And I too would love Haywood, but like I think I might’ve written a while ago, I’m not sure he’s a D’Antoni-type player (meaning the dude actually plays defense rather than offense), which could hurt our chances of Walsh deciding to pursue him. Like we saw the poor man’s version of this last season when we acquired Darko who could’ve helped a bit defensively, but offensively was a huge liability (& thus never saw any playing time). But I think he’s great. And I wouldn’t be surprised if a ton of teams made a run at him.

  • Chase Thomas

    Walsh is going to give out two max contracts this summer, whether deserved or not and we can still sign to max free agents this summer and still push for melo next summer if we hold onto Curry’s expiring.

    And a common misconception about D’Antoni is that his system doesn’t exactly center around defense, well that’s not really true. Haywood is able to move for a big man and if Shaq and work in this system, so can Haywood.

    • Alex David, aka Short White Boy

      Curry’s contract is only for about $11 million, while ‘Melo will get $16+ mill so he’d have to take a sizable paycut. And if we’re already paying max to say Amare & JJ, ain’t no way that ‘Melo would take less than both of ‘em.

      Also, Shaq is a far better offensive player than Haywood, so he only sorta worked in their system ‘cuz they ran through the offense through him. However, once Phoenix got rid of him and this year got a player in Channing Frye who can hit from distance, the system worked much more smoothly and the team went from missing the playoffs to the #2 seed. I mean, I’m with you, I’d love to have Haywood, and I do think he could work in the system if given a chance. I just don’t think that D’Antoni will give him a chance, and that when Walsh talks to him about potential free agents, D’Antoni won’t be too high on Haywood. Hopefully I’m wrong ‘cuz I think Haywood would be a better foundation piece than say Joe Johnson (assuming we’d pay a reasonable price for Haywood and a most-likely-too-high price for JJ).