Takeover Thursdays – The NY Knicks

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Today is the day that NY Knicks fans have been waiting for since the Patrick Ewing Era ended on September 20, 2000. It has been a long decade suffering through Scott Layden, Isiah Thomas and the ownership of James Dolan. Well Dolan still owns the Knicks but times have changed as Donnie Walsh was brought in to revitalize this once proud franchise. Throughout it all loyal Knicks fans stuck with their team. At times we were glutton for punishment as year after year we came into the season optimistic even though the talent to win was not there (Jerome James).

Now all signs point in the right direction for the Knicks, and the “Real” Knicks fans are ready for the ride!

Donnie Walsh came into NY with a plan; that plan was to get the Knicks under the cap by the time big-time free agents like LeBron James and Dwayne Wade were available.

Part 1 of Mission Accomplished!!

The next step for Donnie was to sign a big-time free agent; this would not be the easiest task in the world. Even though the Knicks were able to get under the cap it still was not a guarantee that the Knicks could sign a top-tier guy; the Knicks were not the most attractive team for potential FAs. Let’s face it, the Knicks needed more than the lure of the bright lights of NYC and unfortunately a roster of Eddy Curry, Billy Walker, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Andy Rautins, and Landry Fields is not that appealing.

Still the Knicks had a lot of money to offer and in this business money is high on the list for these players no matter what they say! So as free agency started on July 1st; the Knicks made their pitch to top FAs Joe Johnson, Amar’e Stoudemire, and LeBron James. Johnson would ultimately decide on returning to Atlanta and take the money and run (most Knicks fans are not mad at that). Then came the Presentation to LeBron James; without a doubt LeBron is the Grand Prize of the 2010 FAs. The Knicks reportedly offered LeBron 2 packages in signing with them:

  1. Sign a max deal and leave the Knicks with the ability to sign one other top-tier free agent
  2. Sign for less than the max deal and give the Knicks the ability to sign 2 other top tie free agents

In my opinion the Knicks did what they could do; basically telling King James sign with the Knicks and use your ability to help lure other big-time players and lets build a championship franchise in NYC. Also adding that when you win in NYC there is no other feeling; NYC is the MECCA (I am a shameless New Yorker)!!

With all the sports world focus on King James Donnie Walsh also put his work in with Amar’e Stoudemire…

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Amar’e aka STAT (Stand Tall And Talented) is a player who is looking to be “The Man” and the Knicks are a team looking for a player who wants to be “The Man” and lead this franchise back to glory. Apparently that was enough for Amar’e as Donnie was able to snag STAT with a max deal (5 years approximately $100 Million). With Stoudemire now a NY Knick Donnie has made the Knicks an attractive option for FAs; when free agency started many said the Knicks had a shot at signing LeBron albeit a long shot. Once Amar’e signed with NY, the Knicks became REAL players in the King James sweepstakes. The past couple of days have been great for NYC basketball; I haven’t felt excitement like this since Larry Johnson’s 4-point play against the Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals. This is how it should always be in NYC.

As Knicks fans countdown to the 9pm announcement by LeBron on where he will end up (reports say LeBron is leaning towards signing with the Miami Heat and join Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh); we should keep in mind that all is not lost if King James decides not to come to NY. Landing the King is not the only way to win a championship; we have a viable starting piece in Amar’e Stoudemire. Donnie Walsh has given me a reason to believe…

In Donnie I Trust!!!

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Update 7/12/2010: LeBron decided to join Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade in Miami. Knicks complete Sign & Trade of David Lee with Golden State Warriors; get Ronnie Turiaf, Anthony Randolph and Kelenna Azubuike in return. Knicks trade for draft rights of Jerome Jordan (7- foot center). Knicks sign Russian 7- foot center Timofley Mozgov and agree in principle with point guard Raymond Felton.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “Its On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!

WTF/WTH Wednesdays – Is Michael Steele crazy or going rogue??

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Is this man crazy or has he gone rogue?

Recently RNC (Republican National Committee) Chairman Michael Steele made comments not normally made by Republicans concerning war; his comments about the War in Afghanistan have once again put him in the spotlight:

“Keep in mind again, federal candidates, this was a war of Obama’s choosing. This is not something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in…”

“If he’s such a student of history, has he not understood that you know that’s the one thing you don’t do, is engage in a land war in Afghanistan? All right, because everyone who has tried, over a thousand years of history, has failed. And there are reasons for that.”

Immediately Democrats quickly pointed out that Steele was incorrect in stating, “This is not something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in…” Mr. Steele seems to forget that the War in Afghanistan was started by President Bush with the backing of Congress. I will agree with Democrats that Steele wrongly stated that the war was not wanted by the American people before President Obama took office, but I will say that once President Obama made the decision to send more troops to Afghanistan it became his war. He can no longer use former President Bush as an excuse as to why we are in Afghanistan. As for his comments about the history of the region, there is something to be said about what history has proven. Afghanistan is a stubborn territory that has seen it’s fair share of battles.

Then Republicans (except Ron Paul) quickly ran away from Steele as they know they fully supported the troop increase in Afghanistan. No way could they stand by anyone who doesn’t support war. So how can the RNC Chairman go against his party? The same party that loves to preach finishing the job and that Americans don’t cut and run. Simple, he must be crazy! That’s the easy explanation, just write it off as another moment where Steele spoke without thinking. Here is a crazy thought…

I think Steele has a point.

The War in Afghanistan amongst many Americans is unpopular; with exploding debt people look at the Afghanistan War as a waste of money. According to some experts there are less than 100 Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, compared to the number of American troops in Afghanistan it just doesn’t seem like we are getting our moneys worth. This is the point Steele was trying to get to across; we continue to throw money at Afghanistan with no tangible results. How much longer can we continue to do this?

So I will give Michael Steele credit for speaking his mind, but as soon as I give him props he manages to find a way to clown himself. Steele quickly released a statement basically back-tracking from his original statement. He felt the pressure from the Republicans and he fell back in line with the rest of the pack.

So is Michael Steele crazy or his going rogue??

No, he is just a punk ass bitch!!

This is the same guy that touted himself as being from the streets of D.C., WTF! Time and time again Steele has backed down; earlier this year he challenged Rush Limbaugh’s authority during an interview when he announced that he was the leader of the Republican Party. Like now Steele backed off those comments as Rush and his ditto-heads went after him. At this point Steele has tripped over his own feet so much he might as well go out in a blaze of glory and be his own man. It’s not like he will be back as head of the RNC, HAHA!!

Here is Jon Stewart clowning Michael Steele:

As always….
If there is something to be said, “Its On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!