Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) brings the ball up court against New York Knicks forward Precious Achiuwa (5) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen A. Smith has been ramping up his New York Knicks fandom recently as the franchise has put itself in a position to make a potential run to the NBA Finals.

While not everyone in Knicks Nation is happy with the way Smith jumped on the bandwagon, Smith continues to hype up his NBA team as they attempt to knock off the Philadelphia 76ers and take advantage of a depleted Eastern Conference field ahead of them.

While the Knicks might just be able to make a run to the NBA Finals this year, Smith thinks there’s one factor that could propel them there in the future even if Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, and Kristaps Porzingis are hurt next time.

LeBron James.

“I’m not saying it’s plausible, you understand. I’m not saying that. But let’s not act like if LeBron James was on the New York Knicks, that they [wouldn’t] go to the Finals,” said Smith on First Take. “I’m not that delusional. All I’m saying is, you talk about LeBron, LBJ, No. 2 all-time. That brother? In THIS New York Knicks squad? PLEASE!”

There are a million reasons why that won’t happen, but Stephen A. can keep dreaming, can’t he? Especially considering how much he loves saying how the league’s biggest stars want to play for the Knicks.

[First Take]

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Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.