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LeBron James Playing As a New York Knick Might Not Be So Bad

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 06:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers walks back down court after scoring a basket against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden November 6, 2009 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Edward BittsContributor IMay 13, 2010

After last night's beat-down from the Boston Celtics , the Cleveland Cavaliers are on the brink of elimination. Somehow, with all of pieces they picked up for LeBron James , including one of the greatest players in NBA history in Shaquille O'Neal and two-time All-Star Antawn Jamison, the Cavs have taken a step back as a franchise.

James has struggled to take over the series and might be playing his last game in a Cavaliers uniform Game 6 at Boston Thursday night.

"I put a lot pressure on myself to be out there and be the best player on the court, and when I'm not I feel bad for myself because I'm not going out there and doing the things I can do," James said after a crushing 120-88 defeat in Game 5.

King James and the Cavs may find themselves watching the series from home.

With that being said, Cleveland GM Danny Ferry has only $45.2 million invested in next year's team. That might not be enough to lure a top player to win LeBron a title.

LeBron James can opt out of his current contract and become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st in what will be one the most anticipated off-seasons in NBA history.

The New York Knicks have the most cap space available and will undoubtedly go after James if he decides become a free agent.

With at least $22.6 million to spend and multiple All-Stars on the market and a second round draft choice, the Knicks look to bring greatness back to the Mecca of basketball by going after James as well as some other All-Stars around the league.

After what we have seen with an underachieving and overpaid Cavaliers team falling apart in the matter of a week, that doesn't seem like such a bad situation for a player who obviously needs the right complementary players around him to win a championship.

What better city to get a fresh start in than New York at Madison Square Garden?

If the "Chosen One" wants to take his game and business decisions to the next level, he'll be playing his home games in the world's most famous arena come next season.

 

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