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Knicks fans only hope: Become Celtics fans for a night

May 11, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for LeBron_game4.jpgIntellectually, Knicks fans know LeBron James is not leaving Cleveland to help rebuild New York. He just applied to change his number next year — something he only needed to do if he stayed in Cleveland. New Yorkers’ heads tell them all hope is lost, despite the fact the Knicks hired a full time guy whose job is to recruit LeBron. Seriously. It still won’t be enough.

But in their hearts, they cannot fully give up hope. The flame may be small, but it is not out. Maybe, just maybe there is a way.

The one chance they have is for Boston to beat Cleveland — tonight and in game six. (Celtics fans don’t really want to risk a game seven in Cleveland). Our own John Krolik explains at Cavs the Blog:

(If the Celtics win the series) There is a high likelihood that LeBron James will leave. Not only has the team had trouble winning any game that LeBron did not dominate, but there doesn’t appear to be much of a core in place at the current moment. Shaq and Antawn Jamison aren’t getting any younger. Mo Williams, Delonte West, Anderson Varejao, and J.J. Hickson are the supposed under-30 “core,” and they certainly haven’t been setting the world on fire. LeBron will take a long, hard look at a team that can potentially provide him with a true running mate or running mates, as well as a fresh start. As always, I have no idea if LeBron’s already made up his mind one way or another. But you have to imagine losing this series will influence his decision.

Frankly, LeBron has to see that the core in Cleveland has problems even if he stays. Credit the Cavs for spending and doing whatever they could to show LeBron they wanted to win, but this current lineup’s window is very small.

Knicks fans only hope is that the Celtics close it all together. Then LeBron reassess his options and decides “If I’m going to play for a crappy team anyway I might as well do that in New York.”

It’s a long shot, but that’s all Knicks fans have left. That little flicker of hope still in their hearts still burns.

  1. Trayday - May 11, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Lebron won’t be a knick,but here is my scenario.D wayde and Chris bosh will join the knicks

  2. unfortunateknicksfan - May 11, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    I agree that what we (knicks fans) need is for Lebron to assess the Cav’s and see that they are not built for any sort of long term plan…Shaq and Z are both old, Mo is more of a 3rd scoring option then a true running mate, jameison is a nice player but streaky, and Anderson Varejao is a sideshow bob clone and cant be taken seriously. That being said, I think theres a better chance he leaves the Cav’s if they win the title. I dont see this happening, but if they do win it all, he will know its a team built to win now and not long term for any sort of repeat, he can say that he brought a title to cleveland and is ready to move on to bigger and hopefully better things, i.e. the spotlight of NYC. Otherwise he may still feel compelled to stay and fight it out for his home team.

  3. steve mac - May 11, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    A life long Knicks fan back to Fraizer, Reed,Monroe, etc… those teams proved you won with a combo of talent, defense, and unselfish teamwork. I don’t care who you bring in. If they don’t have ALL 3 of those it’s a waste of time and money. We have thrown around a lot of money over the years for “great” players. None of them got the whole job done. I’d rather them spend money on three very good players who know how to “play” together then on 1 superstar who will do nothing but pad his stats and complain about how he needs help. If you can’t make your teammates better, then you are not a superstar. Just an egotistical scorer and the league has plenty of those.

  4. khn - May 11, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    What about Lebron in Celtic green? It would be fun to see Lebron and Rondo as the new core in Boston. After all, it is time for the Celtics to rebuild, even if any of the big 3 stay around. Old is as old does, and all three are looking pretty old.

  5. steve mac - May 11, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    A life long Knicks fan back to Fraizer, Reed,Monroe, etc… those teams proved you won with a combo of talent, defense, and unselfish teamwork. I don’t care who you bring in. If they don’t have ALL 3 of those it’s a waste of time and money. We have thrown around a lot of money over the years for “great” players. None of them got the whole job done. I’d rather them spend money on three very good players who know how to “play” together then on 1 superstar who will do nothing but pad his stats and complain about how he needs help. If you can’t make your teammates better, then you are not a superstar. Just an egotistical scorer and the league has plenty of those.

  6. GiveItUpKnicks - May 11, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    gimme a break.. the knicks aren’t the yankees and can’t buy out every high-priced, good player so they can win a championship.. thankfully the nba knows how to work salary caps, etc so this doesn’t happen..
    on a side note, this article talks about the main players of cleveland.. you don’t mention one of the best benches in the nba..
    last game, coach brown didn’t play any bench players and they lost.. the blow-out game, he did.. what’s that tell you? tonights game, i would gather there would be more playing time these players play tonight than last game..

  7. Realistic - May 11, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    Enough with this “LeBron won’t go to the Knicks, because they suck”. Any team with LeBron and another max will no doubt be a playoff team. Wherever he goes, that team is instantly better. Two, the kid has gone out of his way to say his loyalty is to Akron, not Cleveland. Three, I’m not a Knick fan, but I think its pretty clear the kid is going there. It just makes perfect sense. Why would he want to play in that dump of a city he currently calls home? Take him off of the Cavs, and they are a lottery team.

  8. Ed Haskins - May 11, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    Why does everyone still dismiss the Nets (Brooklyn)?
    They got the Jay-Z hook-up. And the Nets have some very good talent in Devon Harris and Brook Lopez, not to mention another handful of pretty talented players who gained some great experience this year as the Nets were in rebuilding mode.
    The Nets have the cap space to also add two max players (LeBron and Wade). PLUS…they are in great position to land the top pick in the draft (or damn near the top).
    The Nets are a couple big signings and lottery pick away from a solid play-off contender.

  9. Julie - May 11, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    Not ever going to happen. Not when fans do things like this…
    http://www.HopeForLebron.com
    Lebron is here in Cleveland to stay! We love him and he belongs here!
    Jules

  10. steve mac - May 11, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    Sorry Jules,
    Did you hear what you wrote? “We love him” The only ones these players love is themselves and the almighty buck. IF, he stays in Cleveland then I will stand corrected. I don’t think so though. Ed, I hate to burst your bubble but if he leaves for NY it will be at the Garden, not Brooklyn. Still the only place to play if you want to market yourself. Not that he needs to, but hey these guys never seem to be able to make enough money.

  11. Anonymous - May 11, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    That’s weird ’cause I was just thinking the same thing! LeBron, Rondo and a cast of unselfish role players would be the seed of an extended Celtics dynasty. Full disclosure: I’m a LONG-TIME Knicks fan, so, in saying what I just said, I simultaneously have the urge to run to the bathroom and blow grits. BUT, if I had to choose between an extended Celtics dynasty and an extended Lakers dynasty, I would totally go with the men in green!

  12. nimRod - May 11, 2010 at 6:13 PM

    Don’t you think I know that…Anyway, gotta game in a few hours…already here at the Q…

  13. bacada5 - May 11, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    hey how about the king and kobe on the same team, aslong as we be dreaming.

  14. luffy - May 11, 2010 at 10:32 PM

    Wishful thinking, Kobe and Lebron in the same team…
    Maybe Lebron could go to New Jersey where he has Brook Lopez and Devin Harris, and the asian 7 footer shooter dude. and the draft pick btw, John Wall or Gordon Hayward? Ain’t this starting 5 nice?
    PG – Wall/Harris
    SG – Hayward/Harris
    SF – LBJ
    PF – Yi
    C – Lopez

  15. MagicMan - May 11, 2010 at 10:32 PM

    How about LeBron joining the Magic??
    With a few assertiveness training classes he may learn when to shoot and when to share.
    Kind of sounds like an interesting idea but not sure the team would gel the way they currently have.

  16. mr nyc - May 12, 2010 at 1:58 AM

    I agree 100% If James stays its because of his connection to OHIO. But the real truth is the dude wants to be in NYC. He wore a Yankees hat at the playoff game vs Clev. I mean if thats not a slap in the face i dont know what is!He always wears NY hats. He hangs out with Jay-Z. His ultimate goal in life is to be a global star. Not win championships like Mike! Thats what Kobe wants! Thats why Kobe is on pace to catch Jordan. But James has the best advantage in accomplishing his goal in NYC because even in a world of instant technology, the USA’s best city is NY! For a variety of reasons! And when it comes to professional sports, the NBA, NHL, NFL, and MLB all are headquartered in NYC. If there was a city to better serve those leagues dont you think the heads at all 4 major sports wouldve left for LA? Or dare i say….Cleveland? LOL

  17. Chris L - May 12, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    I am agreeing with Ed…I think that he is going to the Brooklyn (Nets). Having a “new” team from Brooklyn with Jay Z helping with the marketing AND the best player in the league. If just for the money he can make from the new products, jerseys, and mix tapes :) Having LeBron makes it easier to land D-wade…and finally you get access to the New York market without selling your soul to the hapless Knicks.

  18. Chris - May 12, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    There is no reason for LBJ to go to NY. Their team already stinks, and him going there will make them better, but not championship material. He doesn’t need Ny for marketing purposes, as he is already a huge worldwide star in CLE and it’s not like NY will boost that any more. He either stays in CLE or goes to MIA or the Nets. He isn’t going to take the mid level to join BOS, LAL, or whatever sad ass pipe dreams anyone has for their team. He wants to be paid as a superstar. Period. They all want that. The player’s union wouldn’t allow him to take peanuts anyways, as it would look bad for other players.

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