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