Following Tuesday's loss to the Detroit Pistons, the New Jersey Nets still showed why they are a better fit for LeBron James. The star forward is one of many top NBA players entering free agency at year's end. "King" James has stated before that he wants talent around him and wants to play in a big market.
Why go to the Knicks, when right across the Hudson the Nets have a better, more athletic nucleus? They have former all-star Devin Harris running the point and have three good young shooting guards/small forwards in Courtney Lee, Chris Douglas-Roberts and rookie Terrance Williams. They also have future all-star Brook Lopez playing the 5. With this surrounding cast, LeBron James can fit right into the Nets lineup and lead them to the playoffs.
Playing with the Knicks, he doesn't even know who is guaranteed to stay with the team. Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler are future studs, but besides them, who else will stay? Besides, they all play the same positions at the 2 and 3, so why not go to a team that is a star away from the playoffs?
The Nets have all of these players under contract past 2010, and may pick up another solid player in this year's draft, as they are expected to have a lottery pick. The Knicks traded away their lottery pick years ago in an awful trade for Stephon Marbury and Tom Gugliotta. Their lone star David Lee will not be with the team next year, and as a team, they do not play defense. Don't get me wrong, Mike D'Antoni is a great coach. However, if the Knicks stopped trying to outscore every team, they might win a few more games.
James has already said that defense wins championships, so why not go to the team that gives you what you want; big market, big bucks and ultimately, a chance to compete. Jay-Z is awaiting...