I hope he’s pointing towards Madison Square Garden. The 2009-2010 NBA season is over for the Cleveland Cavaliers and for a crop of teams like my beloved New York Knicks, the 2010-2011 season has just started a bit early. See,Lebron is the centerpiece of the 2010 free agent class which includes other perennial all-stars and talented players like Dirk Nowitzki, Dwayne Wade, Amare Stoudemire, Chris Bosh, Carlos Boozer, and D.J. Mbenga (this is based off of his swag factor) and teams like the Knicks, Clippers and Nets have spent the last two years clearing cap space to make their own NBA dream team composed of these exact players. People have argued market size, pop-culture connects and prestige as possible reasons Lebron may fly the coop but it’s truly a 50/50 probability that he stays or leaves. Nobody is going to know until he sits down and says something like “I am signing with the Knicks”, but it will definitely be a fun off-season. The teams that cleared house to get a Lebron or Dwayne Wade this off-season need to make sure their numbers make these men happy and that they can dry the ink on some new contracts or else they could be looking at another 5-10 years off losing basketball. Faltering teams that falter more because they struck out in the off-season free agent lotto will obviously not please fans but it also puts the team in a situation where getting better would either take a while or be near impossible. For example, if the Knicks completely strike out in the free agent pool this summer, we don’t have a first round pick this year in the draft and a large crop of role players returning. That’s another season gone and even if you are a long term person and look ahead a bit, there is no guarantee that draft picks will pay off. Not to mention, the draft lottery is always a double-edged sword. I’m looking forward to the Eastern Conference  and NBA Finals, but I must admit, as a Knicks fan, I can say for the first time in my life that I’m more excited about the July 1st start of free agency than game seven of the NBA Finals.