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LeBron already selling Knicks season seats

Mar 10, 2010, 10:57 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for James_dunk.jpgTruly hope is an audacious thing.

That, or Knicks fans are completely delusional. The more I think about it, I’m going to go with door number two here.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell explains the latest delusion.

In just a couple of weeks, the New York Knicks have taken deposits on 1,800 new season tickets.

For those keeping score at home, that’s the fastest the team has sold this many new season tickets in its storied history.  Considering the team is heading for another losing season and hasn’t won a playoff series in a decade, it can be assumed that all this excitement has to do with the anticipation of the free agents the team is going to sign for next season.

It’s all about LeBron James. Knicks fans want desperately to believe he will come to the Big Apple, eat thin-crust pizza and save what should be a glory franchise in the league.

People in NYC are willing to make a $500 come bet that it happens. If no LeBron, it will be like someone rolled a craps, and all those supposed new ticket holders will be quickly gone for the board.

The fact is New York needs LeBron more than LeBron needs New York. He is likely to stay in Cleveland, something that becomes almost a certainty if the Cavaliers win a title this year. Maybe the Knicks can lure Dwyane Wade (not all that likely either, people don’t leave South Beach willingly) or possibly Chris Bosh. The Knicks could then put a second-tier guy (Carlos Boozer, Joe Johnson) with the big star. Or maybe they don’t get what they like and hold out for a bigger, better name in 2011.

That would not be good enough for delusional Knicks fans.

  1. OldSchooler - Mar 10, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    Seems to me that what Knick fans are betting on is that the team picks up one or two impact free agents. It doesn’t necessarily have to be Lebron. I think they’re making a safe bet.

  2. Larry - Mar 10, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Makes one wondwer if Bosh, Wade and Lebron stay home or go elsewhere besides the Big Apple if NY goes after Amare and Joe Johnson and later signs Raja Bell as a free agent? All they need to do then is get a point guard to run the system and seven seconds or less goes East to join D’Antoni. They won’t win a title but the fun and wins return to NY.
    A lot of supposition at this time but who nows?

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