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Ladies and gentlemen, it’s official: LeBron James is coming to the New York Knicks. Yes, you heard it here first. The NBA veteran is leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the New York Knickerbockers. LeBron, who has had one of the most prolific careers in the history of the Association, comes to New York with the hopes of winning an NBA title. Keep in mind, the Knicks have not won an NBA championship since 1973. Yes, they were close in 1994 and 1999, but ultimately they came up short.
In recent years, the Knicks have become a laughing stock in the NBA, bolstering some embarrassing seasons. With multiple coaching and B-list talent, the Knicks have proved in recent years that they will not have the capability to even make it to the playoffs (except in the case of 2013, when they actually were pretty legit). With their successful 2015 first-round pick in Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks have shown they are ready to take the necessary steps to become a playoff caliber team. The partnership between James and Porzingis is a match made in Heaven. Many analysts believe that the two will work perfectly together.
However, if there is one player that will work well with LeBron, it is Enes Kanter. Based on their past interactions it is quite clear that they will have a successful on-court and off-court relationship. Kanter will always let LeBron know if he’s doing anything wrong, and vice versa. In short, they will both hold each other accountable.
Another player that is going to have a great relationship with LeBron is New York Knicks rookie point guard Frank Ntilikana. Ntilikina, the eighth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, is one of the youngest players the NBA right now, coming in at 19 years old. LeBron will have to push Ntilikana around and be a good mentor to him. If LeBron is too hard on the rookie, it would be nice to see Ntilikana stand up for himself against the veteran. We shall see if that happens.
The deal to LeBron did not come without a price. The Knicks will be losing two key players in Luke Kornet and Ramon Sessions, along with a 2024 second-round draft pick. This is a tough trade to analyze. In closing, only time will tell who got the better end of the deal.