LeBron James probably won't be wearing a Knicks uniform any time soon, but it doesn't mean the four-time MVP doesn't love playing at Madison Square Garden. Or imagine playing there all season.
"To be in the Garden, I love my fans back in Cleveland, I love my fans when I was in Miami, but if I could have 82 regular-season games in the Garden, you know I would," James said Friday at NBA All-Star Media Day. "Because it's the Mecca of basketball. It's a great feeling when you walk in there because there's so much history."
James has averaged no less than 26 points in each of his games at the Garden during the past six seasons.
This year's All-Star Game will be played at the Garden on Sunday, and the NBA's biggest stars look to shine under its bright lights. Some can't even explain why it's so special playing at The World's Greatest Arena.
"I mean, I get butterflies every time I play at the Garden," said DeMarcus Cousins, All-Star center for the Sacramento Kings. "I think it's the lights. I don't really know what it is."
Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul said playing at the Garden is "definitely a big deal" because of its history.
Oklahoma City small forward Kevin Durant agreed with him.
"You just feel the energy when you walk in the building," Durant said. "It's the Garden. It's the mecca of basketball. It's definitely cool."