I'm not a Knicks fan, so this isn't some sad New Yorker's wet dream. This is just my opinion, and something worth thinking about. LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh should all sign with New York in 2010.
I know, its ridiculous. Hear me out.
Basketball is the only sport where one or two players can completely change the game. Wayne Gretzky couldn't win without a killer supporting cast. Messier, Kurri, Fuhr, Lowe, they were all so important, not to mention the 15 other skaters out there.
Tom Brady doesn't win Super Bowls without his o-line, his receivers, his running backs, not to mention the entire defence. But in basketball, it's a different story.
Sure, teammates are important, but there is a reason Kobe and Shaq won three titles, why Jordan, Pippen and Rodman worked so well together, why the Celtics went from pretty close to worst-to-first.
Two added players (sure, all-star players, one of which that won defensive player of the year) took the Celtics to the championship, something that couldn't happen in any other sport.
A few great players, that are all on the same page and can compliment each other, can win titles.
That doesn't always happen, and players can fight, feud and battle with their teammates all the way to the lottery.
If these players all come together with the understanding that the goal is to win it all, and it doesn't matter who has the best stats at the end of the day, then that's when something great can happen.
That is what Wade, Bosh and James can do.
Consider what happens when a run-and-gun offense under D'antoni gets given to Dwayne Wade to run, with LeBron and Bosh running buck wild all over the court. It will be like a game of NBA Street out there.
James going nuts, getting open shots and fast breaks, because you can't double team him without Bosh getting open, and if somehow a team manages to keep LeBron and Bosh covered, Dwyane freaking Wade has the ball and room to move.
Sure, Bosh and Wade would have to except less than the max, and accept having the ball less, but Bosh has never thrived as the man in Toronto and DWade's best season was with a dominant Big to work with.
These guys all won a gold medal together at the Olympics, they have proven they can play together and they are all hungry to win. They are not like Shawn Marion, a guy that wants to be The Man, regardless of the win-loss record. These are athletes that want to excel as a team.
And New York is the place to do it.
If any market needs not one, not two but three stars to call its own, it is New York. They would be heroes, they would be the Second Coming. They would be loved or hated and either way they would provoke reaction.
Every Knicks game would be a ratings win for the NBA, the Finals would be unreal, especially if the Lakers were the other team, and every man, woman and child in New York would have Knicks jerseys, not to mention every rap video produced in the next decade.
Now, the money is still gonna be there when those contracts run out. The endorsement money alone would keep their kids' kids' kids in designer shoes and after a handful of rings, they can all go there separate ways for new contracts worth a kagillion dollars.
Just think about three young, skilled and passionate stars all willing to work together, accept any role and less money to become champions together.
That is something amazing in today's world of "get as much as you can as fast as you can and never look back," especially in a sport's world, and especially basketball, where a max contract seems the only goal.
The idea of the Knicks having the cap space to sign the three, not to mention the three agreeing to this, seems rather insane. But if the Knicks can clear some more cap space this year, add some young talent in the draft this year and next, and watch this team dominate the league for the next decade or so.
I'm a Canadian, and so almost by default I'm a Raptors fan. As a Blue Jays fan, I'm sick of Boston and New York kicking the crap out of the Jays every year, and having it happen in basketball would suck as well. Not to mention losing Bosh, and to a division rival no less, but having a Knicks team like that together?