While LeBron James would definitely help the Knicks on the court, he also might be able to help New York off the court.
If James could bring a championship to New York, the city would generate an additional $57.8 million dollars in revenue, according to the New York Daily News.
Of course, that’s considering James is able to do two things the Knicks haven’t been able to since the days of Walt Frazier, Bill Bradley, Dave DeBusschere and Earl “The Pearl” Monroe.
- The James-led Knicks would make it through the playoffs to win home-court advantage in the NBA finals.
- The Knicks would win their first title since 1973 in Game 7 of the best-of-seven championship, meaning four games are played at Madison Square Garden.
Two sources who have seen the top-secret study said James would help pump nearly $58 million into the city as out-of-towners book hotel rooms and fans chow down in city restaurants.
Not that it was really necessary to extol more benefits of James coming to New York, but this wouldn’t hurt.