I started the summer off hoping that Jermaine Oneal would be reunited with Isiah and would be teaming up with Eddy on the frontcourt, which on paper looks better than he and Zach. But that's not how it worked out and we landed a pretty nice consolation price in Zach. Now it looks as if he will be headed to NJ or LA. So as Knick fans if he lands in the Atlantic with NJ are we scared? Does this make the trade for Artest a little more of an neccesity? and should we also pushing for him (J. Oneil) to go out West in hopes of Zach becoming an All Star in the East
Question 1: Should we be scared of him landing in the Atlantic
Answer (in my opinion ofcourse): Heck Yes! and it is only because it would be J. Kidd running the show. J Kidd, Vince, and Oneil ( looks like Jefferson and Kritic would be headed to Indy in the proposed deal) would be a greater trio than what Boston has, and probably better than the whole East. Again it's all because of J. Kidd, he makes C players in this league like Collins, Schalabreine, and Miki Morre look like legit players, while making players lilke Kerry Kittles and Kenyon Martin into All Stars. He rejuvinated Vince's career, and would turn Oneil into a MVP canidate again.
Question 2: Does this make the Trade for Ron a neccesity?
Answer: Yes and No......I mean it can be argued that even with the move the C's made that we are the most talanted team in the Atlantic because the C's lack of depth, but that wouldn't be the case with NJ, they would have a very talanted starting group, J.Kidd Vince Maglore and Oneil. and they do have a couple players off the bench who can back them up. So having said that then I think we would need to make a major upgrade to our roster to keep pace w/ the other teams in our conference. Out biggest (and seriously maybe our only) gap to fill is our perimeter D, needless to say Ron would fill that gap and then some. But then there is the whole chemistry issue, this is still a young team and anytime there is a major addittion to a team with such a young core then often it sets a team back intially. so now you're talking about adding Zach and Ron to this team, I think it's not realistic to expect the same sucess that the C's and NJ would have with their acqusitions. To some it up....we need Ron regardless, but it won't make us instantly better like Oneil to NJ or KG and Ray to the C's
Question 3: If Oneil ends up out West is Zach an All Star in the East?
KG is a lock, he'll make it just off of popularity. Then there is Chris Bosh and Zach, Chris isn't popular enough with the fans to be voted on for sure, and depending on the Raptors record will determine if he makes off the coaches votes, same exact thing can be said for Zach, in fact last season the lack of Blazer sucess is the only reason Zach wasn't an All Star or ALL NBA 3rd teamer. So if we win he and possible even Eddy are doing us proud next Feb.