Tuesday: Thanks, Isiah!

On Day 2 of our LeBron Watch series, Jane McManus looks at how badly the Garden needs the King. With another nice video piece, including commentary from Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson.

To fully understand the hole the Knicks are trying to climb out of, you have to understand how deep it was and how they got there. To that end, Tom Haberstroh came up with an amazing stat line: Isiah spent $120M on 7 players who played a TOTAL of 82 games for the Knicks. Here’s how (with commentary from Chris Broussard).

Back on the field, we’ve got analysis of the Mets’ and Yankees’ top draft picks leading into tonight’s games. Wally Matthews is with the Yanks in Ballmer, on the lookout for the latest on Mark Teixeira’s mega-slump. And Adam Rubin has Mets-Padres at Citi Field, which is (all together now) the best home field in baseball. To commemorate the Mets’ 8-game winning streak at Citi, we’re posting a ZOOM gallery this afternoon.

Also, Mark Simon talked to Tim Leary to get some advice for Stephen Strasburg. On the day the Nats debut Strasburg, the Mets will debut 31-year-old Jose Feliciano. It’s a beautiful thing.

Today’s chats: Adam Rubin, noon, and Seth Everett, 1 p.m.