With Brandon Jennings, The New York Knicks Would Not Have Had To Wait For 2010

November 18th, 2009 by Amar Panchmatia Leave a reply »
Somebody needs to wake up Donnie Walsh and the New York Knicks.

Come to think of it, don't bother. It is already far too late.

But if you get a chance, here are some things you can tell Mr. Walsh and his brass: No NBA team, based on previous precedents, should ever -- ever -- bank on free agency as a way to get better. And the single most effective way teams have been able to rebuild themselves is on this day in June called the NBA Draft.

You know, that day and phrase that seems foreign to most Knicks fans.

Ever since taking over as the President of Basketball Operations for the Knicks in the spring of 2008, Walsh has become obsessed with clearing salary cap space for 2010. On the outside looking in, you can't blame him. New York may be the league's most desired market to play in, and the Knicks have never been serious players in free agency due to exorbitant payrolls established by Walsh's predecessors, Isiah Thomas and Scott Layden.

However, during Walsh's time up to date, he has had two top 10 draft picks to work with, the sixth overall pick in 2008 and the eighth overall pick in 2009. Many a franchise player has been ...

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