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LeBron James says Knicks fans should be patient

Jan 27, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT

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Just so we’re clear, LeBron James is preaching patience to New Yorkers. Good luck with that.

The Knicks are struggling this season and now get to face the Heat Friday without Carmelo Anthony, who is taking the weekend off. In their first full season with ‘Melo, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler there were high expectations. But the lack of a good point guard, or depth period, and the struggles of ‘Melo as a point forward have the Knicks in trouble so far.

Which brings us back to LeBron and being patient. Via the New York Post.

“It takes time,’’ James said Wednesday night from Detroit, where his Heat played the Pistons. “It’s never going to work right overnight, and we were the prime example of that. It took us time. We were 9-8 at one point, but it took us even longer after that to become a good team, to know each other, to learn each other, what works for each other, what don’t work. I think they’re going through the same thing right now but people want results now. That’s just the league and the world we leave in.’’

Thing is, there was always the sense the Heat were going to start figuring it out on offense. They played good defense and it was just a matter of time until the offense came around. You don’t get that feeling with the Knicks. They are counting on Baron Davis — a guy the Clippers and Cavaliers didn’t want — to be their savior at the point. The fixes in New York are more dramatic than just time.

Plus, you’re preaching patience to James Dolan and New Yorkers. You might as well try to convince them Chicago pizza is better.

  1. fotydaze - Jan 27, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Be patient like you were in cleveland? At the time two time mvp and best record two years in a row then leave town? I’m sure the city of cleveland is happy to here you’ve finally developed patients!!!

  2. blueintown - Jan 27, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    7 years >18 games. And he’s not a doctor, so let’s call it patience instead of patients.

  3. toegoat - Jan 27, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    What 8yrs isn’t enough patience, Dan Gilbert and his inability to put some talent on the team is why Lebron left.
    Seriously Mo Williams, Antawn Jamison, Big Z, Sideshow Bob???? I mean cmon u can’t seriously tell me that he had a average supporting cast let alone an above average cast of teammates.

  4. toegoat - Jan 27, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    and its patience unless Lebron has a secret Doctorate or degree we don’t know about….. All things Cleveland suck.

  5. sdelmonte - Jan 27, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    I would have been happy to be patient before Dolan traded off the whole team for Melo. I liked that team. I thought that team would gel into a contender. They were worth waiting for.

    This one? Not so much.

  6. tampajoey - Jan 27, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Lebron James talks and PBT, ESPN and morons listen.

    • trueballs - Jan 27, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      so do you apparently

      • tampajoey - Jan 27, 2012 at 2:54 PM

        Wipe the Lebron jizz off your chin, it’s not a good look.

  7. fotydaze - Jan 27, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    8 years is plenty of time if your team finishes 42-40 year after year, the best player in the world is not supposed to run to someone elses team. His stature was too big for that, and don’t you think dan gilbert tried to get him better players to play with or do you think lebron was the only person in that entire organization who wanted to win?

    • sasquash20 - Jan 27, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      I hate the Knicks but there fans have been waiting a decade LeFraud. Melo stinks and is a cancer. He shoots too much and just plays selfish basketball. They should trade him for a PG and defensive SF who can shoot descent. Then move Shumpert to SG and don’t let him handle the ball to much because he makes stupid mistakes all over the court. Oh but first you need a real coach, one who preaches team basketball and defense.

  8. ihatetoneydouglas - Jan 27, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Blame who you want about the Knicks troubles.Whatever the excuse,the Coach isn’t getting through to them.Maybe because the Coach only had minimal success for a couple years and the same roster.The team does not have faith in the coaches system.I, for one will only begin to be patient when a different system and coach are involved.Until then I’m impatiently waiting to see Mike Dantoni applying for unemployment.

  9. n2thaizzo - Jan 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Didn’t take Boston long to figure it out…

  10. narrabeen23 - Jan 27, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    I just find it hilarious that LeBron goes around spouting his wisdom on other franchises. If I’m a franchise, I’m not looking to LeBron for a winning formula.

    I wish D. Rose would come out and say something like, “I think Miami would be a lot better if LeBron would do less talking and more studying and learning about the mindset Riley and Wade have that made them great champions. Oh, and maybe work on that post-game and free throw shooting a little bit.”

  11. rodge1 - Jan 27, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Look!!! The scorned ex-girlfriend is back! Hows it going tampajoey? Or is it tampajosephine? Can’t remember, all you psycho ex-girlfriends are the same

    • tampajoey - Jan 27, 2012 at 3:13 PM

      Wipe the Lebron jizz off your chin too, it’s not a good look for you or blueballs.

      • southbeachtalent - Jan 27, 2012 at 3:55 PM

        That jizz on your chin must be from Gilbert?

  12. asublimeday - Jan 27, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Chicago pizza IS better

    • blueintown - Jan 27, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      It really is. in fact, it’s not even close.

      • blueintown - Jan 27, 2012 at 5:29 PM

        Overnight a Lou Malnati’s and then thumbs down me. I dare you.

    • brooklynbulls - Jan 27, 2012 at 9:29 PM

      Giordano’s! …..if they’re still in business

      • blueintown - Jan 28, 2012 at 8:27 AM

        If you REALLY want to get technical: There’s a little hole-in-the-wall on Clybourn called Pequod’s Pizza. Best in the city.

  13. goforthanddie - Jan 27, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Knicks fans should be patient.
    Patience isn’t for the weak, which is why leb needed a superstar-heavy team in Miami.
    What a pinhead hypocritical loser.

    • sasquash20 - Jan 27, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      well said

  14. charlutes - Jan 27, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    What he should have told them is to riot until they sign a PG.

  15. dmb182 - Jan 27, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    But Chicago Pizza is better.

    • Kurt Helin - Jan 28, 2012 at 1:48 PM


  16. jayrandle - Jan 27, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    The Knicks have 3 problems…

    1. They traded way to much to get Carmelo…
    yes he is a top 10 player…but thats only offensively
    The difference with the Miami Heat and Knicks big signings was that the big 3 sign as free agents
    and for less than the maximum so they can sign other good support players…
    but Carmelo wanted the max and that limit the Knicks and instead of waiting to be a free agent
    they send good quality players (look how good Denver is playing this year)

    2. The Coach…
    He is not a good enough coach to get over the hump…
    Miami and Chicago are the best in the East…because besides their talent..they preach and focus on
    defense first…team defense.

    3. Amare…is good…but both Amare and Melo does not make their teammates better…the ball goes into their hands and stop…
    No matter what you think of Lebron…he gets his teammates involve and make them better…
    Melo is all about Melo…nobody else.

    • goforthanddie - Jan 28, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      Slight typo, let me fix it:

      1. They traded to get Carmelo

  17. charlutes - Jan 27, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Why does lebron think anyone cares what he says? he makes a lot of random pointless uninformed statements.

  18. toegoat - Jan 27, 2012 at 4:34 PM


  19. toegoat - Jan 27, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Did I forget to mention CLEVELAND SUCKS….. @ EVERYTHING

  20. klownboy - Jan 27, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    My Knicks need a point guard, plain and simple.

  21. t16rich - Jan 27, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    He’s foreshadowing. Expect him to demand a trade there after Heat don’t win a championship this year.

  22. stayhigh_247 - Jan 28, 2012 at 3:57 AM

    yeah they need enuf time for Phil Jackson to get on a plane to Laguardia…

  23. cantonbound13 - Jan 29, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    What does LeBron know about winning championships?

  24. cantonbound13 - Jan 29, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Hey LeBron any advice on how to carry a team to a championship, or being a clutch player in big games? I didn’t think so.

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