"...Magic Johnson said he believes LeBron James will decide to leave Cleveland to play for the Knicks -- but urges Knicks team president Donnie Walsh to lure "The King" by first signing a marquee free agent such as Chris Bosh or Amare Stoudemire.I've said it a million times that there is no way that they play together. Wade has one more ring, and Lebron is such an NBA historian that I think he understands the importance of rivalries.
The Hall of Fame point guard/businessman, asked by The Post for his gut feeling on LeBron in 2010, said: "I think he's going to go to New York.
"They're in the lead, they just have to make it [attractive] for him. LeBron will come to New York if he knows they're gonna win. . . . So, if they sign a free agent first, that would probably seal the deal, I believe. They should have somebody else on their radar to make him want to come."
Someone not named Dwyane Wade.
"Him and Wade can't play together, I don't care what they say, because they both dominate that ball," Magic said. "You want somebody like a Chris Bosh. . . . You want somebody like Stoudemire to go along with LeBron. You got Yao Ming, if he's healthy, I'd take a look at him as well..."
What is going to be a huge telling sign for me is Cleveland's decision with head coach Mike Brown. Without question, Brown is a brilliant defensive tactician. And for all intents and purposes, he and Lebron seem to have a great relationship. John Kuester, the Cavs offensive guru for several years, is doing a pretty fine job in Detroit in getting them near .500, but I think even he would find getting Shaq to fit in the Cavs' offensive scheme challenging.
The Cavs sit at 16-7 having just dropped a few road games in Memphis and Houston before knocking off the Blazers last night. They sit behind Atlanta, Boston and Orlando in the East.
I will say this, should Brown get let go at some point and not remain in the organization, I would scoop him up in a second to be Mike D'Antoni's defensive coordinator if I were Donnie Walsh.
Speaking of Walsh, I've been hearing a lot of complaints recently that he didn't get fair value for Renaldo Balkman and I want to make sure people are paying attention. he's played in just one of the last 10 games for the Nuggs. Remember, one of Walsh's first moves as GM was to move the reserve forward who fell out of favor with Isiah Thomas. Balkman hasn't been a factor in Denver in the least, and I believe it was one of Walsh's shrewdest moves as he realized that, economy or no economy, he needed all the cap space he could get and that saving the million or so dollars was important. Equally important is the idea that because there will be so many roster spots available and a second round pick gives them the ability to be flexible.
I noticed last night that Wilson Chandler is consistently knocking down the jumper from the top of the key with regularity. When a player shows comfort with a certain spot on the floor, the team should recognize and make sure he gets his attempts.