The closer we get to July 1st, the wilder the LeBron James speculation, pro and con New York Knicks, becomes. As if there are not already enough impediments to LeBron coming to New York, a new one has surfaced according to NBC New York as a result of jockeying for coaching positions. Now it appears that John Calipari's desire to return to coaching will disrupt Walsh's dreams mainly because Calipari's connection with power broker William Wesley is a connection with LeBron James. If LeBron and the Cavs lose before taking advantage of the opportunity to appear in the finals -- say they lose to the Celtics -- the author speculates that Brown is not long for the Cavalier world and Danny Ferry would need to hire Cal in order to keep the King.
It would be so cool if the coaching interview process was reduced to a night of speed dating between prospects and GMs. It could be a reality show where we watch hopefuls like Mark Jackson jump from table to table to make the right match. The "Speed Dating Game" is not likely to happen, but Mark Jackson getting a job from the broadcast booth after being ditched for NBA political reasons by Donnie Walsh two summers ago, remains a distinct possibity according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The competition is fierce for the wanna-newbie, but Mark is expected to meet with the 76ers behind proven coaches like Doug Collins, Avery Johnson and his booth mate Jeff Van Gundy. This may not be a televised dating show but it can still end up being quite the dramedy depending on how it all plays out. According to the Star Ledger in one episode Jeff Van Gundy would be sitting in front of Rod Thorn using his few minutes to explain why Tom Thibodeau is the best man for the Nets job. According to Mike Prada of SBNation, if Mike D'Antoni was still on the dating market he would have trouble explaining why the Suns are apparently better without him. A Suns series victory over the Spurs may be proof that D'Antoni let the Suns down by stubbornly sticking to his offensive and defensive philosophies, but D'Antoni is not on the market and he was clearly helpful to David Lee's performance as graded on Knickerblogger,net although he was playing out of position the entire year. Still, that improvement will not keep David Lee off the market this summer although David wants to stay where he has a following and friends. David did suggest that the Knicks may not have enough money or potential to be a winner to keep more than his affections. "We're gonna have to see what happens. If they get two or three of those guys, there won't be 50 cents to give to me. Winning is a huge priority. . . . Just finding a situation that fits, a situation that makes sense, quality of life factor, then also the financial side of it because this is a business,"he said.