The NBA doesn’t realize they miss the Knicks
With the New York Knicks being a laughing stock in the NBA over the past several years, many people believe that the league isn’t hurting despite the fact that the Knicks are a huge media market and basketball city.
Anyone who lives in New York City knows that you can go outside and find a game of pick-up basketball being played at any given time. Which is one of the reasons why it’s considered the mecca.
Despite what people say, I believe if the Knicks can sign two players like Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant this summer, you will see NBA television ratings sky rocket due to the fact that many Knick fans have been waiting years for this organization to become relevant again.
I know many fans that no longer pay attention to the Knicks and he NBA because of how bad they are. I can’t imagine that Durant and Kyrie wouldn’t get fans to once again pay attention to a team that was one of the best in the league 20 years ago.
The Eastern Conference would be more intriguing
Don’t get me wrong, the east is fun to watch with the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers as contenders, but adding the Knicks to that equation would really make things a lot more interesting.
It’s also well know that New York, Philly and Boston fans don’t like each other as well as their respective teams. All three cities have rivalries within the three major sports. With the Knicks not being relevant, there currently isn’t a rivalry in the NBA with the Sixers and Celtics. That would definitely change.
LeBron James affect
Having the Knicks become relevant again would get the TV ratings to go back up after falling this season with LeBron James now playing out west with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Plenty of people will tune in if Durant and Kyrie end up playing on the same team. The Knicks will suddenly become one of the most intriguing teams in the entire league.
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Paul has been a professional writer since 2010 and covered the NFL for several years as a credentialed media member. Some of his work has been linked to companies like FOX Sports, MSN, ESPN, Rolling Stone, Forbes and Deadspin. He’s also appeared on sports talk radio shows from around the United States.