5 Things That Would’ve Happened if LeBron James Had Become a New York Knick

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    1. LeBron James would have become a billionaire faster

    LeBron James, hate him or love him, has one of the strongest brands in the world. As an undergraduate at UMass, I studied at the best sports management program in the country. My senior year I took a class called sports finance. If LeBron went on to play in New York he would have gotten filthy rich, fast.

    The unique combination of an influential market, valuable franchise brand, and low threshold for establishing a legacy creates the highest expected and potential earnings. New York City is the strongest and largest market, leading by far in international influence and media reach. Winning one or more titles in New York City would have positioned LeBron James as the face of the franchise and permanently aligned him with the lucrative New York City market.

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    I’m not even kidding. Via Forbes, this is an analyzed slide of what the Knicks presented to James in the summer of 2010. It’s nice to see that type of money.

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    2. Carmelo Anthony would not be a New York Knick

    Carmelo Anthony was officially traded to the Knicks on February 22, 2011. If LeBron James went with the money and signed with the Knicks in 2010, I would not be going to MSG to watch ‘Melo play. The Knicks had just signed Amar’e Stoudemire to a five-year, $100 million deal, which obviously wasn’t enough to lure LeBron. Who knows, maybe Amar’e would have continued to play at an All-Star-caliber level if he was teammates with LeBron.

    Don’t get me wrong James and ‘Melo are both phenomenal players, but I don’t see them playing well together. If LeBron asked for help in NY they would have gotten him a speedy point guard or a monster center, not a 30-field goal-a-game forward.

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  • 3. LeBron James would still have zero championship rings

    Call it the curse of the Knicks or whatever you would like, but it feels like it has been forever since the team has been competitive, let alone a champion. I’m also on the younger side (24 years old) so I basically have only seen the Knicks since 2000. I went to Allan Houston‘s basketball camp in the ’90s and understand they were very good for a couple of years, but you catch my drift. The Knicks have struggled recently.

    I am an NBA fan that overestimates LeBron’s ability. When he announced his decision to take his talents to South Beach I immediately told my friends the Heat were going to win seven championships in a row. The greatest player in our generation had just teamed up with a 20-10 All-Star and arguably the second-best SG since MJ. The Heat did make it to four NBA Finals in a row, winning half of them. They should have won only one. My point is that LeBron is human and that he cannot put an entire team on his back to win a championship. The Knicks have not been a good enough team in the past five years to have sniffed a championship, even with the addition of LeBron.

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  • 4. Knicks season tickets would have been the most expensive season tickets ever

    This only makes sense. Did you happen to see how expensive it is to go to a game in Cleveland this season? I understand this is not 2010 but it is still Cleveland. Even if the Knicks struggle, New Yorkers want to see their team play. Knicks tickets are some of the most expensive in the league. Saturday, when the 0-12 76ers played the 3-11 Knicks, the cheapest tickets on StubHub were around $250.

    If it costs a family of four $1,500 to attend a game in Cleveland, it would cost around $3,000-$4,000 in New York City. Kobe, please come to New York so my season tickets can rise in value.

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    5. Kevin Love would still be on the Minnesota Timberwolves

    Okay, this one is a bit of a stretch but who knows. For some reason it seems like wherever LeBron James ends up he has a couple All-Stars on his side. I believe in the butterfly effect and if LeBron signed with New York, Love would still be in Minnesota.

    It never really seemed like things went sour between Kevin Love and the Timberwolves. The reality of it seemed like LeBron wanted a star big man so the Wolves took a risk and traded for a bright young star in Andrew Wiggins. They didn’t need to trade Love, however, it kind of benefited all parties, including the NBA. Kevin Love would have tested his options in free agency, but ultimately probably would have re-signed with the T’Wolves if it wasn’t for LeBron.

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Here is a quick little bio about myself before you read the article:

I have been a Knicks fan since birth. I also think LeBron James is the greatest player since Michael Jordan.

During the summer of 2010, ESPN announced they would hold an hour special for LeBron James to announce his free agency decision to the world. The benefit was that it was for a good cause and a lot of money was raised. The bad part was it angered a lot of people, including hopeful Knicks fans.

Let me take you back to July in the summer of 2010. LeBron James informs the people that he would be making his decision at the Boys & Girls Club in Greenwich, Connecticut. I was living in Westport at the time, a 20-minute car ride away. Immediately after hearing this lovely news, I send off some texts and two of my buddies and I decide we were going to go. (Four years earlier I had gone to Miami with my family, pretended to be a season ticket holder, met Gary Payton, and got some free Heat gear.)

Like the ignorant person I am, I decided to wear my Heat shirt, knowing that 95 percent of the people at the Boys & Girls club would be Knicks fans. I got bottles, cans, and trash thrown at me. Needless to say LeBron James didn’t sign with the Knicks and my shirt has since been burned. Maybe wearing a Heat shirt to the LeBron “Decision” was bad karma.

With the Cavs traveling to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Knicks tonight, I looked back at “The Decision” and came up with 5 Things That Would’ve Happened if LeBron James Had Become a New York Knick.

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