‘League is Simply Better When…’: LeBron James Thrilled to See the New York Knicks Rejuvenated

Published 04/23/2021, 1:00 AM EDT
Mar 16, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) wears a face mask in the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


Ever since Tom Thibodeau became the head coach of the New York Knicks, it’s like they have been rejuvenated. This is a team that hasn’t made it to the playoffs since 2013 and hasn’t been alive in the league for almost two decades now. However, this season, they have turned their fate around and are not just in the top five teams of the Eastern Conference but also on an eight-game winning streak. Even LeBron James can’t help but show some appreciation for them.

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LeBron James reacts to Knicks’ success

The New York Knicks are one of the most loved, followed, and popular franchises in the NBA. Despite not being relevant, their die-hard fans have been waiting for the day they can see them back in their true form. Well, it looks like 2021 is the year for them. Standing fourth with a 33-27 record, they are showing promise of being more than just a playoff team.

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Their eight consecutive wins is the longest streak they have had in seven years, In fact, if they continue down this path, they might soon take over the Milwaukee Bucks‘ third spot and they are just four wins behind from doing so. A while ago, this would have seemed impossible, but not anymore.

Their success has not only ignited a Twitter debate on whether or not the Knicks are actually “back” but has also led LeBron James to laud what they have accomplished so far. He stated, “The league is just better off when the Knicks are winning.”

What’s different about them this season?

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The Knicks’ moves in the offseason helped improve their roster defensively. But a lot of the credit goes to former Los Angeles Lakers player, Julius Randle, who is having the best season of his career. He is averaging 23.9 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 6.1 assists. In their last bout against the Atlanta Hawks, Randle finished with a 40-point performance along with 11 rebounds.

Other than him, R.J. Barrett has also shown drastic improvement with his shooting and is coming up clutch averaging 17.4 points. With a mix of veterans like Reggie Bullock and Derrick Rose along with young stars like Mitchell Robinson, Barrett, and Immanuel Quickley, the Knicks have a perfect blend of talent.

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Apr 11, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Julius Randle #30 of the New York Knicks is guarded by Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors during their game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Rich Schultz/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

For a franchise like the Knicks to prosper is beneficial for the league. However, only time will tell if their road to success will continue in the postseason or not.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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