When LeBron James ultimately announced he would be joining the Miami Heat, he left many basketball fans confused.
Of course, joining Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami clearly gives Mr. James the best chance of winning a championship on paper. Fans understand that.
Did you notice I called him “Mr. James?” That is simply because LeBron cannot be considered “King James” any longer.
He will now have to defer, in every sense, to Wade, while playing in Miami.
What Mr. James left behind in Cleveland was a chance at being the best player he could be—a chance at being a legend.
What Mr. James forfeited in New York was fame, a larger fortune, and a personal empire.
Those are all the types of things Chris Paul could gain as a member of the New York Knicks, and he knows it.
Paul’s demand for a trade, with the Knicks at the top of his wish list, shows he is not afraid of taking on a challenge.
Playing in a big market like New York is the perfect move for a player of Paul’s caliber, as he would be embraced like no other has been. He would become the best point guard the Knicks have had in decades, dating back to Hall of Fame guard Walt “Clyde” Frazier.
Upon his arrival in New York, Paul would further his climb to superstardom. In the city that never sleeps, and where the lights always shine brightest, Paul would feel empowered.
His chances to win would, of course, come in due time. Many criticized LeBron for taking the “easy way out” by signing with Miami.
Paul, on the other hand, would have to be focused on building a contender with the Knicks. Besides Amar'e Stoudemire, the Knicks roster only contains bits and pieces of what a real contender should look like. He and the Knicks would have their work cut out for them against the Eastern Conference powerhouses.
Perhaps his presence could be what ties all the loose ends together for the Knicks. Arguably the league’s best point guard, Paul can score, knows exactly how to get his teammates involved, and is an excellent defensive player.
The Knicks are certainly familiar with what an elite point guard can accomplish in Mike D’Antoni’s system, as Steve Nash earned two MVP awards playing for D’Antoni as a member of the Suns.
Paul’s motivations to be a New York Knick obviously have to do with becoming a better basketball player while in D’Antoni’s free-flowing offense.
His motivations for winning in New York, however, could very well stem from a number of things.
Perhaps it would be a chance to prove himself as an elite player in this league, as Paul could eventually lead the Knicks past a star-studded Miami Heat team.
Doing so would grant Paul creditability as a winner.
As sports fans know, winning in New York can ultimately mold you into a savior of the city.
By obtaining the title of savior, Paul will have begun to build himself a legacy, one that only a city like New York can grant him.
LeBron is gone, and the Knicks have to move on.
However, his loss could become Paul’s massive gain.
Quite frankly, Chris Paul’s “desire” to play for the New York Knicks makes more sense than LeBron James’ “decision” not to.
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