Did the New York Knicks blow a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity?
We'll never know for sure, but listen closely to this quick line Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James dropped to Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade on Monday night at Staples Center in the final meeting between the two longtime friends and former teammates.
D-Wade thanks Bron for letting them have their final showdown at Staples: "It was either here or The Garden. That's it." pic.twitter.com/uz8Moft78D— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 11, 2018
"I appreciate you ending it here," Wade says, to which James responds, "It was either here or the Garden, that's it. That's the only place we could've ended it at, man."
No, LeBron isn't talking about flowers (or the Boston Celtics' TD Garden).
James seems to be suggesting the only two teams he would have joined last offseason ahead of he and Wade's final matchup -- Wade is retiring after this season -- were the Lakers and ... the Knicks, who play in Madison Square Garden.
Let's check in on Knicks fans:
this is the worst day of my life— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) December 11, 2018
LeBron sent a 2 AM text and the Knicks slept through it— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) December 11, 2018
i will never forget this night
What a season it's been for the Knicks pic.twitter.com/8jdeBcFt4O— sreekar (@sreekyshooter) December 11, 2018
ESPN's Brian Windhorst tried to console the New York faithful by insisting James likely was going to L.A. anyway -- but essentially added insult to injury with this unsavory nugget about ex-Knicks president Phil Jackson.
He was PROBABLY always going to go to LA. But after the way Phil treated Melo, it was sealed.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) December 11, 2018
... At least the Knicks could have a shot at Kevin Durant in free agency?
In any case, teams like the Celtics are glad James decided to take his act to the West Coast and free up what should be a very competitive Eastern Conference.
UPDATE (8:50 a.m. ET): James addressed his comment to Wade after the game, insisting he wasn't referencing signing with the Knicks. (Or was he just covering his tracks?)
LeBron James said in reference to his "here or the Garden" comment that no other venue could have held this final duel between LeBron and Wade other than those two venues. (Not that he was thinking of signing with the #Knicks)— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) December 11, 2018
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