The Big Appeal: why Kobe Bryant and LeBron James like New York Knicks
Why leave a championship contender for an organization years away from contending?
This is the question Kobe Bryant and LeBron James will face if either leaves the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers as an unrestricted free agent this summer to sign with the dysfunctional New York Knicks.
Both Bryant and James are about one thing: winning. And the Lakers and Cavaliers have a chance at winning the Larry O’Brien trophy each year, while the Knicks only have a chance at winning the league’s annual ping pong meets bingo game known as the draft lottery.
So why do we keep hearing rumblings Black Mamba and The King have interest in the bright lights of dysfunctional New York?
It’s ego. Bryant and James understand immortality awaits The White Knight who rides into Madison Square Gardens, the Mecca of basketball, and saves Knick-nation from the monstrosity they’ve watched the last seven or eight years.
Consider what New York has endured: Isiah Thomas’ failed in the front office and on the sideline; Larry Brown had an unfortunate one year stint as coach; the prodigal son, Stephon Marbury, became public enemy number one; and then there was Eddie Curry, Steve Francis, Jerome James, and Jalen Rose.
Bryant or James, with considerable help, could right this sunken ship. They could bring back the glow and enthusiasm of the Patrick Ewing era and give New York what it deserves: a competitive and relevant team. And this would cement their place in the annals of basketball history.
The rewards of such a challenge make New York alluring; the market is secondary. After all, Bryant already plays in media heavy L.A. and James gets enough attention in an ever connected and wired world.
Believe it or not, the Knicks, because of their sorry state and the potential payoff of engineering a successful turnaround, will interest Bryant and James. And this may be enough for them to call New York, New York home.
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