Have you ever gone to 7-11 and bought a scratch off lottery ticket? Most of you will answer yes. When you didn't win the $50,000 prize you were rightly disappointed. But when you realized that you won $10 and could buy another ticket you went right back into the store and took another shot at it didn't you? Some people don't stop there. They will go back every week expecting a different outcome until eventually the money disappears.
Being a Knicks fan is sort of like being that guy who spends all his money on lottery tickets. Deep down you know it has been hopeless for many years but that didn't stop you from believing in the improbable. Perhaps you've even been diagnosed with an acute case of Stockholm Syndrome. Yet, every year brings a promise of new beginnings. This year is no different except for that pesky little fact that this is what the Knicks have been building towards for quite some time and with that anticipation comes great expectations. Dwyane Wade and Lebron James are the darlings of the 2010 NBA Free Agent Class. Everyone knows that the Knicks and every other team that can afford them will be doing their best to woo these fine young gentlemen to their organizations. My question to Knicks fans is this. What if they don't obtain either James or Wade? Will the off season automatically be considered a failure?
After analyzing BallHype.com's list of the Top 50 Free Agents I can see a few scenarios that may not include James or Wade and still might make the Knicks competitive and able to sign a Carmelo Anthony, Tony Parker or Kevin Durant after the 2011 season. Will Knicks fans be patient enough to wait that long?
Only four players will be under contract next year. Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Eddy Curry, and Toney Douglas will be the only returning Knicks that won't be signing new contracts.
Chris Bosh, Carlos Boozer, Kenyon Martin and Amar'e Stoudemire are all unrestricted free agents. Marcus Camby could be a welcome addition for at least a few years if not someone to build a team around. Dirk Nowitzki could opt out and become a free agent this year and if not then he will be on the market in 2011. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen are both unrestricted this year.
There are some intriguing possibilities in case James or Wade don't pan out. Are there any scenarios that would satisfy you if that's the case? What would it take for you to stop supporting the Knicks altogether? C'mon Knicks Fanatics!!! Sound off!!