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New York wins, even without LeBron

James eludes Knicks, but at least the process forced them to make overdue changes

Updated: July 9, 2010, 2:31 AM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks didn't get LeBron James, and a few of the rabbit punches they launched Thursday hinted they might not even care for him as much as they once did.

But the chase itself was worth it, all right -- the two seasons of losing, the groveling courtship of James according to his unprecedented rules, the absurd sight of Knicks team executives jumping through flaming hoops such as flying out to California last Thursday to talk to Joe Johnson when the clock struck midnight ...

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