Of course if LeBron had chosen to play for the Knicks it would’ve helped our chances of making it into the second season much more, but here’s the silver lining: one less team to worry about. If LeBron had stayed with Cleveland or joined the Nets, it would’ve added another definite playoff team to the mix. By consolidating all the stars into one place, we’ll see two teams that ended the season ahead of us (the Raptors and the Cavs) plummet.
In fact, LeBron’s decision can conceivably help us eliminate another team that outperformed us: the Charlotte Bobcats. Since LeBron didn’t take our money, we can now address one of our weaknesses (point guard) by going after the Bobcats’ Ray Felton. Should we get him, we not only improve ourselves, we weaken Charlotte. That would leave only 6 definite playoff teams (Boston, Miami, Orlando, Atlanta, Chicago and Milwaukee). With us being perhaps the only team in the bottom half of the east to improve, we would be one of the favorites to land one of the remaining two spots.
Sure, it’s a huge drop to go from LeBron making us potential contenders to being happy just to make the playoffs, but hey, let’s not kid ourselves, we haven’t even made it to the second season in a long time.
Then next off-season we add a Tony Parker or Carmelo Anthony and can jump to being a top four team in the east.