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David Lee: The Knicks have taken years off my life

Apr 20, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

nba_lee_250.jpgDavid Lee has nothing to lose. Sure, he’d like to stay in New York, but after the season he just had there is going to be demand for his services. He’s going to have options.

And because he has nothing to lose, he was pretty honest about the summer the Knicks face in an interview on ESPN 1050.

“I think I’d be pretty scared for the riding season ticket holders.  It’s gonna be interesting.  I think there’s two things that are certain.  That there’s nothing better than winning in New York and then on the other side of the coin is there’s nothing worse than losing in New York.  I’ve taken years off my life the last few years here dealing with losing and dealing with the media aspect of that and the fan aspect of it.  I think that if I come back to New York, I want it to be on a winning team and I think it will be…

“The Knicks have had opportunities the last couple of summers with no competition to secure me long term and have decided to go a different route and do one year deals, which I completely understand.  And Mr. Walsh went above and beyond the qualifying offer by four million or whatever it was to show good faith.  I have no ill feelings to the Knicks and it’s been a great relationship for five years.  But now it’s a matter of I put in the work for five years, I’ve gotten better and better, and now it’s about securing my future.”

There is no fault here, only a question. Lee is about to get his first big kick at the can. He wants a good one, can’t blame him. The Knicks need to keep their options available for a complete roster overhaul. We all get that. But does anyone really think the Knicks are going to land two players better than David Lee this summer? Is it worth the risk to let him play the field while you aim for people unlikely to leave their current, championship contending teams?

Okay, that was two questions. But they are valid ones.

  1. Bill Pendzuk - Apr 21, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    Say it like it is bro…..above. Lee sounds like Sprewell…..I need to feed my family. Waaahhhh!!!!!! The Knicks will sign two biggies and the Knicks will be back. Now Lee> join the party or get shipped off to Memphis…’s not always about the money wouldn’t you rather play in NY 40+ nights a year of course, LA and Miami also but besides that other cities not great.

  2. Adam Gazzola - Apr 21, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    Yep! Wouldn’t it be nice to see a team that was built to win championships rather than greed? I’d like to see a dynasty built! Then you get all kinds of endorsements for extra cash anyway.

  3. Mark - May 13, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    David Lee is a class act. He has played like an all-star and been the one bright spot in a dismal Knicks line-up the last few years. Getting rid of him would be a huge mistake because they will NOT be able to sign 2 players that are better than him.
    The man wants to be paid just like everyone else. He didn’t complain at all last season or come out against the team making a bunch of trades and pretty much giving up on the season in hopes of signing James this offseason.
    Makes me sick to see how ungreatful some Knicks are to the one good stand-up player that has been on the team the last 5 years.

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