The Once and Future KingMarch 2, 2010
The most consistent Knick has been Donnie Walsh. When he was hired to replace Isaiah Thomas he vowed to get the Knicks back under the cap for the cream of the crop free agency class of 2010, headed by Lebron James. As of today the Knicks have the most money to spend this summer and can afford to add two hefty maximum contracts to their pay-roll.
Last night I was probably the only Knick fan in the world who was watching the beat-down the Cavaliers handed us at Quicken Loans. The only reason I was watching because it gives me an opportunity to believe that the King will move his throne over to the Garden. I literally have a LBJ countdown on my watch and read the Cleveland Plain Dealer on a daily basis to catch up on his highness’s stats.
What I read today troubled me a bit. Lebron has officially completed the paperwork necessary for him to change his number 23 to the number 6 next season. So…. what does that mean?? It may be an ode to his airness Michael Jordan or an ominous sign that the Kings throne will remain in Ohio for the rest of his career.
The NBA has a specific rule that a number change cannot happen during a players current season and that paperwork must be filed to the NBA’s office in order to move forward with a number change the following season. Nate Robinson did the same paperwork last year to change from the number 4 to the number 2. He is however back to wearing number 4 after his trade to Boston.
The reason this brought a red flag to my mind is that a number change is not necessary if a player is going to another team, it is only necessary if the player is going to change his jersey number on his current team. If you put one and one together, not only do you get two but you get the feeling that Lebron has made up his mind and plans on wearing his new number 6 on a Cav jersey next season.
There goes my summer……
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