Fast forward for a second. It's July. A few weeks ago, the Heat swept the Mavericks in the finals. The millions of gloating new Heat fans, as well as the 37 or so old ones, have taken to the streets in celebration and already returned to their houses, presumably to watch the Marlins. Analysts are talking about this new powerhouse who can suddenly --fuck!-- play together and close out games. Stephen A. Smith and Adrian Wojnarowski launch into overreact mode, and cracker-spewing diatribes about collecting superstars being the only way to win in the "new" NBA will be found on literally every basketball show.
I'd hate to say it, but could pulling for the Heat actually be the thing to do? Not only should we want the Heat to sweep the NBA finals, but we should want them to win it all next year too. Before you call me crazy, a traitor, or perhaps some kind of harlequin, hear me out.
Fastforward a bit more, when the new CBA is finalized and it becomes apparent that we can't sign a 3rd superstar unless they take significantly less money than the first two (even relative to the smaller cap) or else we're left with scraps to pay the rest of the roster.
And finally move it along to next summer, after the Heat have won back to back, this time over the Kings (don't ask), after the 2-year Heat lifers have gone back to watching Josh Johnson snap some breaking balls, after Stephen A. goes on vacation (Woj got fired) (don't ask), and after the Knicks' brass and superstars sit down in some ballerass lounge somewhere in the city.
Then the dialog begins. The word "restructure" gets thrown around. People invoke the Heat, or what they now call "Team Satan," and their stars all taking less money to play together. A stylishly dressed power forward/undersized center speaks up about how he has a back channel agreement in place with a good friend, someone who would command a maximum contract on an open market, to sign a similar cap-friendly deal to his own. That's guaranteed money, for years to come, for the players and -- fucking right -- for us too.
Now I'm not trying to say it's going to happen exactly like this. But it COULD. I haven't heard anyone come up with a plausible scenario about a Mavs or Bulls or Thunder (still alive at this writing) championship being indirectly good for the Knicks, though I would love to hear it if someone did. Until then, though... Let's go Heat...?