Dear LeBron James: Why Signing with the New York Knicks Should be a No-Brainer

Michael AkelsonCorrespondent IApril 2, 2010

Dear LeBron James,

Do you want to be immortal?

Do you want to be king?

Do you want to be the greatest of all time?

Because if you do and I'm sure you do, then there is only one place to go: New York.

Frank Sinatra once sang, "If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere, its up to you, New York, New York."

Or what about your boy, Jay Z, wasn't he the one that said, "In New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there's nothing you can't do, now you're in New York, these streets will make you feel brand new, big lights will inspire you, let's here it for New York, New York, New York."

Now LeBron, I know your decision will certainly not be based on music, but if there is a song about Cleveland being the greatest city in the world, I've never heard it.

Hint: Cleveland can't hold a candle to New York City.

LeBron, I'm sure you've been to New York before and is there any greater feeling then walking through Times Square, then past Broadway and hitting up the New York clubs?

Well, I'll tell you what is better: doing all that as a star for one of our beloved New York teams.

Don't want to take my word for it?

Just ask Mark Messier, Willis Reed, or Derek Jeter.

In fact maybe you should talk to Mark Messier. Ask him how greatly appreciated a star is in New York.

Messier ended a 54-year drought for the Rangers as champions. Ask him what it was like to hold a championship in Madison Square Garden.

Messier won six Stanley Cups in his career (five in Edmonton, one in New York) and he will tell you that he would trade his first five for the one he got in New York.

What made it so great was that he brought the Rangers their first Stanley Cup in over half a century.

Well, the Knicks haven't won a championship since 1973 and you better believe that if you lead the Knicks back to glory, your name will instantly be immortal.

Your name would go with the likes of Namath, Messier, Reed and Jeter. How does that sound, LeBron?

LeBron, you did once say, "To get a standing ovation in the greatest basketball arena in the world is a dream come true for me," after you had dropped 50 on the Knicks.

Man, if that was a dream come true for you then just wait until you see what would happen if you won a championship here.

LeBron, do yourself a favor and go one YouTube and search "Rangers win 1994 Stanley Cup" and tell me if that celebration wouldn't be a "dream come true" for you.

LeBron, this may come as a suprise to you, but New York is a basketball city. We have the best streetballers in the world and although it may seem like the Yankees own this place, they would take a backseat to the Knicks if you came.

The Knicks unfortunately never won a championship in the 1990s, so if New York fans got behind the ring-less Patrick Ewing the way they did, just imagine how much they would love the ring-less LeBron (Well you probably wouldn't be ringless for long, but you get my point).

You say you want to win a championship and you might be thinking that staying with the first place Cavs would be the best way to do that, right?

Well that is wrong.

Do you really think you have a great supporting cast in Cleveland?

A 39-year old Shaq, Antwan Jamison and Mo Williams are not winning any Oscars.

Don't fool yourself, LeBron, the only reason that team is even in the playoffs is because of you.

Do the Cavs have a better team than the Knicks?


Are they good enough to give you incentive to stay?

Absolutely not.

Lets face the facts, any team you join is an instant title contender.

In fact, joining the Knicks would give you a better shot at a title than staying with the Cavs would.

Knicks GM Donnie Walsh has freed up enough cap space to offer two maximum contracts this summer.

Even if we can only get a guy like Carlos Boozer with our second contract, that would still be the best player you've ever played with, LeBron.

Not to mention, we have a sharpshooter who can play defense in Danilo Gallinari, a point guard of the future in Toney Douglas, an up and coming swingman in Wilson Chandler, and a solid scorer off the bench in Bill Walker.

Let's take a look at that lineup:

PG: Toney Douglas

SG: Wilson Chandler

SF: LeBron James

PF: Danilo Gallinari

C: Carlos Boozer

Sixth Man: Bill Walker

That certainly isn't far off from the Cavs right now in my opinion.

Also in 2011 Eddy "I make $11 Million to sit on the bench" Curry comes off the books and Carmelo Anthony is a free agent.

This is the same Carmelo Anthony who went to college in Syracuse, New York. Hint: Melo + LeBron = Automatic Championship.

However, your decision this summer should be based on more than just your supporting cast, because a player of your skill will win a championship one day regardless.

Your decision this summer should be based on how you want to live for the rest of your life.

Do you want to stay in Cleveland and watch Jake Westbrook and the Indians or do you want to come to New York and watch C.C Sabathia and the Yankees?

Do you want to be a hero in Ohio or do you want to be a hero in New York?

Do you want to be Mike Bossy (the unappreciated star for the Islanders four-peat) or do you want to be Mark Messier (the man who ended the Rangers 54-year drought as champions and is now immortal in New York)?

Do you want to live in the shadow of the Buckeyes or do you want others to live in your shadow?

Do you want to hang out with Grady Sizemore or do you want to hang out with Derek Jeter.

Do you want to play at Quicken Loans Arena or do you want to play at Madison Square Garden?

And as for the most important question of all: Do you want to be legendary or do you want to be immortal?

The choice is yours, LeBron, but if you think about it, there is really no choice at all.

Just remember, a legend dies, but an immortal lives forever.

New York is the only city that creates immortals.

Yours Truly,

Mike A.


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