Knicks want to keep Lee; soon they'll learn if they can

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The uncertain economic atmosphere has most NBA teams in frugal mode for this year's free-agency period, especially with everyone saving their pennies for the potentially bigger market in 2010.
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jay-boogie

Bronx, NY

#1 Jun 29, 2009
let's see how much lee really wishes to be a knick, he says he loves ny and wishes to be part of what's to come here.........bottom line is that it all comes down to the dollar bill....
jerry

Ocala, FL

#2 Jun 29, 2009
The Knicks haven't treated David Lee with a whole lot of respect and trust. They have continually tryed to shop him and he has had to deal with the rumors his whole career. Just pay the man and be happy that he wants to stay and thats it. Cut the bullshit mind games DW and crew and treat an honorable man the way he deserves to be treated. The fans are fed up with this nonsense as well and if you don't think their will be backlash for trading Lee or Nate you're wrong, you're wrong, you're wrong.
TTT

Milford, PA

#3 Jun 29, 2009
Let's see how much the Knicks really wish to keep Lee. They say they really love his game and want to keep him....the bottom line is Lee needs to be paid.
George

Rego Park, NY

#4 Jun 30, 2009
Lee is the most overrated player on the team and no he doesn't "need to get paid." Do you consider playing 0 defense at all and stat-padding on an offensive team worthy of getting paid $10 million a year? Because if you do, then that means you have the Isiah Thomas style of thinking. David Lee doesn't deserve that cash. He is the worst defender in the NBA. He never even attempts to put a hand up so he can be ready for a rebound. It's time for him to go. Isiah's band of losers need to cleared off the team.
Obreezy

Saint Petersburg, FL

#5 Jun 30, 2009
We need "BOTH" Lee and Robinson. I love both their games and would hate to see either go, I can live with losing Chandler in a deal even though I like him too.
Dave

Marmora, NJ

#6 Jun 30, 2009
Sign and trade Lee for someone tougher. Though Lee led league in double-doubles, Swiss Cheese Lee couldn't be bothered to even "pretend" to help out with any opponent who beat one of his teammates on the way to the hoop. And each time he pretended to set a pick to help shake one of his teammate's defenders, Matador Lee would always step away before that defender ever had a chance to run into Lee and be picked out of the play. All smart teams need a huge, bruising pick-setter because once a defender has been picked out of the play, your offense is suddenly playing five-on-four. And if the Knicks can find a bruiser who is willing to play "D" and try to block a few shots, then the rest of the Knicks should rally around him and finally become a team. Remember when we played and it was gratifying to stop your man and help the team?
dave

Marmora, NJ

#7 Jun 30, 2009
I agree. Lee is mostly show. But at least Robinson is exciting and should be kept from an entertainment standpoint until the Knicks are ready for a championship
J-Rod

Richmond Hill, NY

#8 Jun 30, 2009
"entertainment standpoint"? For a guy his size plays good defense and is the only guy at 5-9 that makes taking the ball to rim look so easy--he's 5-9! I mean the guy plays with passion. Yeah, he needs to relax a bit and chill be the Tech's, but whenever he comes in the game and shoots the ball, you know the Knicks have a chance to come back.
J-Rod

Richmond Hill, NY

#9 Jun 30, 2009
And in terms of Lee being lazy and not blocking shots, I agree with that to a certain degree. Lee is very smart in terms of moving his feet, keeps his hand up and never bits on pump fakes. If a guy shoots the ball in an awkard position, Lee isn't the type to bail out the shooter by swatting for the ball, knowing it doesn't have a chance of going in like many of thee bone head players in the NBA--granted. In terms of knowing when to man up and make a block, I agree with that. There are many occasions when Lee is face to face with the opposition and has the opportunity to block the shoot, but just keeps his hands up. I mean he's 6-8, block the shot. He's very athletic and needs to show it more often, including when taking the ball to the rack. Since HS this guy was an amazing dunker. If he signs, maybe Oak can bring out that toughness.
jerry

Ocala, FL

#10 Jun 30, 2009
Dave wrote:
Sign and trade Lee for someone tougher. Though Lee led league in double-doubles, Swiss Cheese Lee couldn't be bothered to even "pretend" to help out with any opponent who beat one of his teammates on the way to the hoop. And each time he pretended to set a pick to help shake one of his teammate's defenders, Matador Lee would always step away before that defender ever had a chance to run into Lee and be picked out of the play. All smart teams need a huge, bruising pick-setter because once a defender has been picked out of the play, your offense is suddenly playing five-on-four. And if the Knicks can find a bruiser who is willing to play "D" and try to block a few shots, then the rest of the Knicks should rally around him and finally become a team. Remember when we played and it was gratifying to stop your man and help the team?
The Knicks had a chance to pick up a "bruiser" when Blair fell into their laps at 29. They chose not to pick him, big mistake he will be better than Hill. Lee has shown that he can improve his game every year. I'm sure he will bring another facet of his improved game to the floor this year. He is a smart, hardworking guy and to think he is afraid of a little contact on pick and rolls is bunk. He is in the middle fighting guys that are bigger than him every game for the ball. Knocking down a guard wouldn't be a problem but sometimes you can get fouls for that if you are still moving your feet. So I think as long as David improves his play he is going to be a valuable asset.
LaMont

Washington, DC

#11 Jun 30, 2009
had him at a discount already? please, let him go. what has he done exactly other than the double doubles this past year? had we kept Z-Bo he would have done the same and averaged higher points and rebounds than D. Lee-usional. he either gets with the program and backloads his contract or he hits the bricks.
mcf

New York, NY

#12 Jun 30, 2009
we want you Dave but you do deserve what you are about to earn. I cannot blame him for taking the Money. it is a business. Teams screw players over all the time. So....this player has a chance to make decisions with the ball in his court.

No reason to be loyal. go for yours. But that orange and blue suits you.
mcf

New York, NY

#13 Jun 30, 2009
You say trade him, but for who? who can we get (for cheap) that will be as effective. yes his defense is work in progrees. he is 25. Knicks give up on tooo many players toooooo early. give him what he earned./
Future Daily News reader

Brooklyn, NY

#14 Jun 30, 2009
In case anybody doesn't know, the Knicks are owned by Cablevision, which also owns Newsday. You poor writers, who are forced to include this in EVERY article about the Knicks and Rangers, can let Jim Dolan know we get it. He owns lots of things, the shameless plugging is no longer necessary.
IDunnoMyName

Sayreville, NJ

#15 Jun 30, 2009
Future Daily News reader wrote:
In case anybody doesn't know, the Knicks are owned by Cablevision, which also owns Newsday. You poor writers, who are forced to include this in EVERY article about the Knicks and Rangers, can let Jim Dolan know we get it. He owns lots of things, the shameless plugging is no longer necessary.
You are so slow. It is not a plug, it is written in the interest of full disclosure.

“Let's go Yankees”

Since: Jul 08

Long Island

#16 Jun 30, 2009
I hope the Knicks aren't serious about signing Kidd. He was a great player in his day, and can still run an offense, but he can't guard today's point guards, he's just too slow.
pverne

Orlando, FL

#17 Jun 30, 2009
Opinions are your right, but please be inelligent! David Lee does nothing but get double doubles? First of all that's a greater contribution than anyone else on this team made! He has defensive weakness, but he does play defense. These accusations have been made even after games when he has had several steals! Some of you thing defense is all about shot blocks, and won't recognize anything else! He was our MVP this year and is desired by many teams. I have repeatedly noted that no one else on the team has been attacked like this other than Eddy Curry, who made no contribution!

The Knicks want him because he's a potential all star! You don't just toss that away! If we can't afford to keeo him, we will lose him with regret. Hopefully there would be solid return.

Please be fair and balanced!

“Let's go Yankees”

Since: Jul 08

Long Island

#18 Jun 30, 2009
pverne wrote:
Opinions are your right, but please be inelligent! David Lee does nothing but get double doubles? First of all that's a greater contribution than anyone else on this team made! He has defensive weakness, but he does play defense. These accusations have been made even after games when he has had several steals! Some of you thing defense is all about shot blocks, and won't recognize anything else! He was our MVP this year and is desired by many teams. I have repeatedly noted that no one else on the team has been attacked like this other than Eddy Curry, who made no contribution!
The Knicks want him because he's a potential all star! You don't just toss that away! If we can't afford to keeo him, we will lose him with regret. Hopefully there would be solid return.
Please be fair and balanced!
Let's not forget that he is a forward who is playing D on centers
John

Flushing, NY

#19 Jun 30, 2009
The Knicks definitley have to keep Lee. Lee is a vital part of the team and will probably work well with Hill on the post. Robinson isn't so vital to the team. He was brilliant at times last year but for the most part he is nothing more then a ball-hog and a chucker. If they can sign-and-trade Robinson along with someone like Curry or Jeffries for Rubio that would be awesome. Even if they give up Harrington along with Robinson the deal would definitley be worth it. Harrington is not a post presence, his shooting will be missed but Chandler and Gallinari are not bad at all on the wing and at spot up shooting. Robinson along with either Curry, Jeffries, or Harrington is better then what the Rockets were offering with Alston and Battier and Walsh can convince his former understudy over there that it is the right deal to make.

“Let's go Yankees”

Since: Jul 08

Long Island

#20 Jun 30, 2009
John wrote:
The Knicks definitley have to keep Lee. Lee is a vital part of the team and will probably work well with Hill on the post. Robinson isn't so vital to the team. He was brilliant at times last year but for the most part he is nothing more then a ball-hog and a chucker. If they can sign-and-trade Robinson along with someone like Curry or Jeffries for Rubio that would be awesome. Even if they give up Harrington along with Robinson the deal would definitley be worth it. Harrington is not a post presence, his shooting will be missed but Chandler and Gallinari are not bad at all on the wing and at spot up shooting. Robinson along with either Curry, Jeffries, or Harrington is better then what the Rockets were offering with Alston and Battier and Walsh can convince his former understudy over there that it is the right deal to make.
I'm not sold on Rubio. I've only seen him play on tv watching the olympics, and he did play well, but I'm still not sold.

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