Guard Larry Hughes told Frank Isola of the Daily News that he believes James, the Knicks' primary free agent target, will re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers
"I still feel that way," Hughes said following the Knicks' practice Wednesday. "He's got a good opportunity to win there. And I know a lot of people talk about him playing in a big market, but he just wants to win a ring. It's not about playing in a big market."
Whether Hughes is a reliable source is irrelavant. The idea is that if the team doesn't improve then there's no chance anyway. But why aren't fans paying attention to the team's vastly improved effort defensively?
Indeed, there have been significant improvements on the defensive end and the stats show that. Sure, preseason stats are relatively meaningless, but the team has made a conscious effort to improve on tips and steals and it showed during an impressive second quarter Tuesdsay night in an otherwise disappointing loss to the Sixers.
"We had some good stuff. We were up eight points and we shot 4-for-23," D'Antoni said. "If our problem is not scoring then that's a good problem."
Fans want to see wins and they want to see progress, but that "progress" often gets caught up in wins and losses. There is real reason to believe, with Toney Douglas and Darko Milicic, and not to mention a much-improved and healthy Jared Jeffries, that the team can be much better than last year defensively. more
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