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Apr. 16 2010 - 9:17 am | 470 views | 1 recommendation | 10 comments

If you’re a Knicks fan, root against Lebron James

MILWAUKEE - FEBRUARY 20: (FILE PHOTO)  LeBron ...

Only the Bulls can make this man a Knick. (Image by Getty Images via Daylife)

As a Knicks fan who grew up during the Michael Jordan era, I root against the Bulls as a matter of policy. Even though it’s been over a decade since Jordan played for Chicago, the many wounds he inflicted never really healed.

But I’m breaking with my policy tomorrow. I want the Bulls to beat Cleveland so bad.

Just imagine the scenario….

Lebron James, in the final days of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers loses in THE FIRST ROUND of the playoffs. The hometown hero is suddenly thrown into the deepest depths of a full-scale quarter-life (dare I say “existential”) crisis. First he questions himself, “Am I not good enough?”

His handlers swoop in, “Nah L, it ain’t you. Don’t do that to yourself. It’s the Cleve.”

“The Cleve?” He replies, suddenly remembering Cleveland’s sordid sports history, unmatched in its sadness by even Buffalo. “You think it just can’t be done here? Not even I, Lebron James, can get a championship here?”

“Whoa, hold on L. You can do anything. You’re Lebron James.” His handlers are quite deft at managing his fragile sensibilities. “But we’re just saying perhaps you should consider somewhere with a better support system….maybe….New York.”

“You think?” James says. “I do like that Jay-Z Alicia Keys song.”

“We all do, Lebron. We all do.”

AND SCENE

If you love the Knicks, root against Cleveland! If he, by some miracle, gets knocked out before the Eastern Conference championship, we’ve got a shot. Otherwise, well, let’s not think about that right now.


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    I’m not sure LeBron losing would be our best bet for landing him.. Do you really think he’d walk away w his tail between his legs, a failure of sorts, from his first team and home town, not having given them a championship? I’m still not sure what I want to happen – but it almost seems likelier if he wins he’ll feel he has given them something and be okay bolting out..but at the same time, he’d probably want to stay and win more for 3 more yrs, so who knows..

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    Interesting perspective. You think that the desire to win could drive Lebron to the Knicks. Wow. Just wow.

    Excepting the possible argument to be made for the Nets, the Knicks are the most dysfunctional team in the NBA. The Knicks are to the NBA what the Raiders are to the NFL.

    Things that could lead Lebron to NY
    1. New York City
    2. Increased endorsement opportunities (though I think this is a dubious claim)
    3. An increased paycheck.

    Things that cannot lead Lebron to NY
    1. wanting to play for a contending team.

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      Wow. I just got told, yo!

      Desire to win a championship is the only reason Lebron leaves Cleveland, outside of that, he can win a championship literally anywhere (even in Cleveland).

      Allow me to explain. It’s called cap space.

      Do you remember how many games the Celtics won the season before their championship? 24.

      They were, to use your word, “dysfunctional.”

      But then they purchased Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen and became the best team in the NBA. If you think the Knicks can’t do that because Isiah Thomas ruined their last decade you’re kidding yourself. Lebron+1 on the Knicks is an immediate championship favorite, and Lebron knows that.

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    As a Knicks fan who grew up in the Frazier-Reed-Bradley-DeBusschere era, I have no desire to see LeBron in a New York uniform. Just never been a fan, maybe because James is the logical extension of a style that stresses one player over the concept of team. No debating that he is an incredible talent, but I’d rather see Donnie Walsh build a team that will beat LeBron than one built around him. (That said, it would be shocked if James leaves Cleveland no matter what happens in the playoffs.)

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      First, I’m jealous that you got to see the Frazier-Reed-Bradley-DeBusschere Knicks. My own classic childhood combo is Ewing, Oakley, Mason, Starks — obviously, a must less accomplished bunch.

      I’ve got a weird fascination with Lebron. He doesn’t seem to be a particularly nice or humble guy. But I started following his career when he was a sophomore in high school (I was also a sophomore in high school at the time). When I was preparing for college, he was preparing for the NBA. When I was graduating from college, he was appearing in his first NBA Finals. It’s been like watching Leonardo diCaprio go from Growing Pains to the Departed (not a great example, I know).

      *Upon reading this comment I got a creepy “this sounds stalkerish” feeling. Let me add that I in no way stalk Lebron James. In fact, I won’t even respect the guy until he goes apolitcal and takes part in the dunk contest.

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      I hope your right about him staying here, but I don’t get what your saying about him, he is a team player, one thing the Cav’s do better than anyone now is the art of passing. Are they tough enough though.

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