Tonight, the Miami Heat travel to Madison Square Garden to face off against the New York Knicks, who are suddenly relevant again for the first time in years. Of course, New Yorkers are a hell of a lot more excited for the match than Miamians. They're still fuming over the fact that LeBron broke Cleveland's heart to take his talents to South Beach and not Time Square. Their sports press is rabid, and their biggest fan is out for blood.
"We're gonna kick LeBron's ass," filmmaker and number one Knicks fan Spike Lee proudly told the New York Daily News.
The Daily News also put "LeBums the Word" on the cover.
The Daily News' tabloid rival The New York Post went all out by Photoshopping a picture of LeBron's head on chicken and declaring, "LeBron James could have been the king of New York, but he took the safe path to Miami; now he'll always be LeChicken."
Oh, dear basketball lord. Only one city has any right to be mad at LeBron, and that's Cleveland -- even if they take it a bit too far sometimes.
Shut it, New York. You already have the Yankees, or as they're now known, "the Miami Heat of baseball." You have the Giants, who won a Super Bowl in 2007. You also have some other team of trip-happy jackasses purporting to be a professional football team. You've got some teams that are pretty good at playing some sport called "hockey," which we don't fully understand here in South Florida, but apparently you appreciate them. You have enough, New York. So shut it.
Besides, the Knicks with newly acquired Amar'e Stoudemire are having their best season in years. Be happy for that.
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