Ladies and Gentlemen, Your 2008-09 NBA Executive of the Year...
Donnie Walsh. Right now. Write it down this second on November 21st.
What Donnie Walsh did today was nothing short of fantastic. He got rid of the horrid contracts of Zach Randolph and Jamal Crawford in order to get under the cap for the now famous "summer of 2010", where the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Joe Johnson and Amare Stoudemire will all be free agents.
And the best part- if the salary cap jumps to $60 million (as its expected to), the Knicks will now have around $40 million in free space for that summer. So that means not only a shot at LeBron- but another superstar as well.
Imagine LeBron and Dwyane Wade, or Amare Stoudemire and LeBron, or Chris Bosh and Amare...The possiblities are endless.
Now as you see below this post, my friend Max Caster feels this to be dumb. I could not dis-agree more. These moves will be fantastic for the team now and in the future. Not so much now, but a little bit now. The Knicks will not make the playoffs this year, unless they find some magic. But they werent supposed to this year anyway. These were moves that would have been praised in the offseason, but now Walsh isnt supposed to make the deals because the team might fight for the 8th seed in the East?
Mike D'Antoni got these players (Crawford and Randolph) to both average over 20 points a game, enhancing their value across the league. Now the Knicks got more than they ever could have gotten in the offseason.
All three will be very good in this system- and with all 3 being in their contract years next yr, whos to say they dont become expendable next year after playing for D'Antoni?
Now I am on record as saying the Knicks will challenge for the 8th spot, and Im willing to admit to that. But as a die-hard (to say the least) Knicks fan, I am in full support of these moves.
My whole theory was that whatever happens these next 2 years is gravy because this team was supposed to look to the summer of 2010. Now they are- big time.
So come on up and accept your award Donnie- you've put the Knicks back on the map. 2010 cannot come fast enough.
What a day to be a Knicks fan.
- Mike Tramontozzi