NBA: Lebron James Doesn't Go to The New York Knicks, What Do They Do Now?

Reid DavenportCorrespondent IJuly 10, 2010

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 20:  David Lee #42 of the New York Knicks talks with teammate Eddie House #50 against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2010 in New York, New York. 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 Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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The Big Apple had their fair share of heartaches Thursday night.  

With the King making his announcement only an earshot away from New York, Knicks fans felt like they'd been teased into thinking LeBron was coming.  

His announcement that he was going to the Miami Heat wasn't so much a shocker as a rude awakening from Knicks fans' slumber.  

The Knicks haven't made the playoffs since the 2003-04 campaign and haven't had a winning season since 2000-01.  

Hold on. Not all is lost.

Despite LeBron joining Tony Montana in South Beach, this season does look a bit more promising for New York fans.  

Before getting five-time all star Amar'e Stoudemire, the Knicks got forward Anthony Randolph, center Ronny Turiaf and forward Kelenna Azubuike from Golden State. 

That's a collective 30 points and 15 rebounds per game from last season. Not too shabby. 

Couple this with Stoudemire's 23 points and nine rebounds per game, and the Knicks look like they have a fighting chance.  

In addition, the Knicks have all but signed point guard Raymond Felton, who averaged 12 points and around six assists per game for the Charlotte Bobcats last season.  

Felton's chief task would be to feed Stoudemire the rock in the paint.  

Analysts have pounded teh  New York knicks organization for making false promises to fans about putting New York back on the basketball map this season.  

Even if LeBron didn't come to New York, the Knicks have made aggressive moves in taking them back to NBA glory.  

They might not make a run at the NBA FInals this season, but they could be the best team New York has seen in a decade.