Report: Knicks Were LeBron James’ 1st Choice in 2010, Meeting Was ‘A Disaster’

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) with the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball gameagainst the New York Knicks in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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LeBron James‘ interest in the New York Knicks spans more than a decade. 

In 2010, the Knicks had their best chance to acquire him. They were flush with cap space after tanking for the express purpose of signing James and other high-profile free agents that July. 

Unfortunately for the Knicks, that summer will forever go down as one of the biggest disappointments in franchise history after bungling their meeting with James despite being considered the “favorites” in league circles.

“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.”

The meeting, which Simmons described as a “disaster,” went so poorly that James did not grant the Knicks a second chance to sit down before signing with the Miami Heat. While the Knicks went all-in on glitz in their presentation—even h

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