Why This Summer Is LeBron Or Bust For The Knicks

Michael AkelsonCorrespondent IMarch 14, 2010

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There is a rare breed of players in sports. The players who can change a franchise, city, and the lives of those in it.

LeBron James is one of those players, and the Knicks players, fans, and management know it.

Every player who has played for the Knicks since 2008 knows very well that they were nothing but a piece to the LeBron James puzzle.

Jamal Crawford, Zach Randolph, Al Harrington, Tracy McGrady, Cuttino Mobley, Jared Jeffries; they all have one thing in common. They know that they were either brought to New York for their expiring contracts or driven away because their contract lasted beyond "The Holy Summer".

The New York Knicks have spent two years disposing of some of their best players for just a few bucks towards a summer that can change the history of their franchise.

Ever since, Nov. 21, 2008 the day this race to get under the cap started, Knick fans have had just one name in mind: LeBron James.

Sure Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Amare Stoudemire, Dirk Nowitzki, or Joe Johnson would also be nice, but none of them are LeBron James.

Basketball fans have downplayed the importance of the Knicks inking LeBron because of the depth of this year's free agency class.

However it takes a true New York Knicks fan to realize the importance of signing James this summer.

The events that take place this summer could prove to be the most important in the history of New York Sports.

No city gets behind their stars quite like New York.

However one thing New York fans have been craving since the days of Willis Reed and Walt Frazier is a star on the hardwood.

We've recently seen the likes of Mark Messier, Derek Jeter, and Michael Strahan steal our hearts here in New York, but what the passionate fans of the Knicks have been lacking for so long is something to cheer about.

Sure, Patrick Ewing was great, but who could he never beat?

Michael Jordan.

So what would be more important than inking a Michael Jordan of our own?

Knick fans could say all they want about Joe Johnson, Chris Bosh, and Dirk Nowitzki among others, but that's not what New York needs.

New York needs a LeBron James.

A superstar to get behind in a sport that can be dominated by one player like no other.

A superstar in a city that has craved one for the last 50 years.

A superstar to make "The Worlds Most Famous Arena" shake like never before.

I don't care if the Knicks get Amare Stoudemire and Joe Johnson, because although that would be good, it wouldn't be enough.

It wouldn't be enough to recover a city that has had to deal with heroics of guys like Michael Jordan and Reggie Miller, the selfishness of guys like Eddie Curry and Stephon Marbury, and most of all the stupidity of Isiah Thomas.

The only person that would be enough would be LeBron James.

If the Knicks don't sign LeBron James this summer they will regret it for the next 20 years, and there fans will let them know about it too.

Just remember in 20 years this summer will either be on a list of the 10 worst moves in New York Sports history or the 10 best.

Lets hope it's the 10 best, please LeBron.