Few stories in sports are as historical as LeBron James’ move to the Heat in 2010.
It stung when Knicks’ fans officially found out they were eliminated from the LeBron sweepstakes. And the stinging isn’t done just yet. To make matters worse in New York, Bill Simmons revealed that the Knicks, not the Heat, were actually LeBron’s first choice:
“From everyone I’ve talked to in the know since then, it’s clear that the Knicks were the first choice,” The Ringer’s Bill Simmons said on his podcast. “It was basically the Knicks’ to lose, and they just couldn’t stay out of their own way. The stories are legendary.”
New York’s meeting with LeBron was described as a “disaster.” So much so, a second one didn’t even occur.
“Dolan was Dolan. they didn’t have anything prepared. It just couldn’t have gone worse by all accounts. It was a disaster. I think at that point, combined with the decade the Knicks just had, I think those guys were just like ‘f–k it,'” Simmons added.
You’d think Knicks’ fans would be so accustomed to bad news this would just be an “eh.” But no. Even hearing this 10 years later is enough to put the fan base back into a state of dismay. If they weren’t currently in one, of course.
To make matters worse, it’s been about one year since Kevin Durant chose the Knick’s in-state rivals, the Nets, over them. For those who have forgotten, it was rumored that Durant would go to the Knicks for nine months. Some reports even said it was a “done deal.”