LeBron Who? Amar’e Stoudemire Has Made the Big Apple Forget About James

December 17th, 2010 by Chris Palmieri Leave a reply »
As quickly as Tino Martinez made New Yorkers forget about Don Mattingly, Amar'e Stoudemire has made New Yorkers forget about LeBron James.

It almost seems like ancient history now, but back in July the city was salivating at the possibility of King James becoming the King of New York. Knicks president Donnie Walsh had cleared up cap space over two seasons by dealing away fan favorites in numerous trades, as well as draft picks to gut the rotting corpse that former president Isiah Thomas had left him. And he had done a good job by giving New York the ability to sign two max contracts in the summer of 2010.

New Yorkers believed that LeBron was their guy. LBJ dropped little subtle lines here and there. James was always donning a Yankees cap. It made sense, right?

Then the Cavaliers were bounced from the playoffs and the frenzy began. For the next 50 days, the top story was LeBron, LeBron, LeBron! ESPN even dedicated a page on it's website featuring a ticker to the days left until NBA free agency began.

July 1 came. The Knicks met with LeBron. For the next week, the sports world was able to create thousands of stories based on chatter and rumors, mos ...

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