Wow, talk about a "what have you done for me lately" business. You spend years building a reputation and your first day on a new job there's a sign hanging in your cubicle that says, "Amateur."
This really isn't a cubicle, of course. It's my ability level as a CBSSports.com blogger. My new bosses say this will change, that as I blog more, I will get closer to that elusive "superstar" status. I guess I'll let you be the judge of that.
I've been reading your site. A lot. You guys obviously know what you're doing here. I'm just here to add to it and make it better.
This would be a good time to tell you who I am. (I was going to do this three hours ago, but Eddie Jordan got fired.) I'm your new NBA columnist. I have been beamed down from the planet Newsday, a print and online publication I've been reading for about 30 years and working for the past eight.
I won't bore you with the details. If you want to find out more about me, read this. If you want to see where I stand on certain issues, read these. Sorry for the informal intro, but we have stuff to get to.
I'm joining CBSSports.com just in time for the LeBron in 2010 sweepstakes to take on a life of its own tomorrow night when the King descends upon Madison Square Garden for the first time since Donnie Walsh cleared $27 million in cap space for him. The last time LBJ played at MSG, he rang up 50 points, 10 assists, and eight rebounds. And then some nutcase ran onto the court to congratulate him. (No, it wasn't me.)
As I sift through the aftermath of the Knicks' red-carpet deals for LeBron -- Jamal Crawford for Al Harrington and Zach Randolph/Mardy Collins for Cuttino Mobley/Tim Thomas -- I can't help but recall what Cavs coach Mike Brown had to say about all of this last Tuesday night in New Jersey.
A small version of the New York media swarm gathered around him before the Cavs played the Nets, and asked what Brown thought about half the NBA clearing cap space for his prized possession, as if they were thieves casing LeBron's mansion in
Booth Bath Township.
"They can clear all the cap space they want," Brown said. "We're trying to win now."
Until now, the Knicks were just another team that could talk the talk about LeBron in 2010. Should be an interesting time tomorrow.