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New York celebrities form team to woo LeBron James

Jun 15, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

What do the New York Knicks have to offer LeBron James?

A roster of quality players ready to compete for a title once he signs? No. More money than any other team can offer? Nope, that’s Cleveland. The chance to occasionally escape the glare of the spotlight in the comforts of your hometown? No, kind of the opposite.

Celebrities? That New York has.

So the Knicks have formed a committee of celebrities to help woo LeBron James and other potential free agents interested in the Knicks, according to the New York Post (which got confirmation from the Knicks).

The committee includes Donald Trump, Chris Rock, John McEnroe, Whoopi Goldberg, Phil Simms and Knicks legend Willis Reed, among many others. Like Charlie Rose.

The Knicks deserve some credit. On the court the yare not winning, but Donnie Walsh has spent the last two years cleaning up the worst roster in the NBA — in terms of money paid per win — and getting it in a position to go after free agents and rebuild. Meanwhile they have put on a full court press off the court to highlight all their advantages.

They’ve done the best they could. It may not be enough, but it’s a good effort.

  1. Larry Daniels - Jun 15, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    You suck New York! Leave LeBron and the other superstars to the smaller markets and stop acting like pigs….

  2. Joe - Jun 15, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    The Knicks are as bad as they are for exactly the crap that is stated above. If they would spend more time building an organization and consequently a competitive team rather than worrying above which celebrity wants who on the team, they would be competitive.

  3. jay - Jun 15, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    Let me guess Larry, your from the south or midwest right??

  4. The Bells - Jun 15, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Larry is absolutely right. Can anyone name a legitimate home-town hero in ANY sport? Bron is much better where he is, his home state. I’m not sure why were even discussing b/c I spoke to LB yesterday and he said it’s all good in Thieveland. He’s staying.

  5. Ant - Jun 15, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    ok Larry superstars dont generally stay in the smaller markets for exactly what you just said they are smaller markets with not as much to give and show to these superstars…and Joe the idea of getting this celebrity is for the better of building there team and orgnaization. Yea its not compeltely needed but any extra help will be accepted by the knicks in my point of view. And lastly The Bells the idea of naming a legitimate home-town hero is irrelevant, Lebron has played with Cleveland and they have not done enough to get them to win a championship. Lebron has done more than ever to help them to get to a championship but his supporting cast was not good enough to match up with those of the Lakers, Celtics, and even the Magic. So who wouldnt want to play in the greatest city in the world and in the most famous arena in the world. Lebron being a Knick will make him a worldwide superstar greater than he already is.

  6. Vinny D - Jun 15, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Lebron is leaving, Cleveland cannot compete w/ NY. I love how you guys say the Knicks need to spend time building their organization when the only reason the cavaliers win more than just 20 games is because they have Lebron James. Cleveland is done for but at least they had a couple good years in what will be a horrendous franchise.

  7. Brian Blank - Jun 15, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Hmm. Let’s see. Who could Chicago put together to help convince Lebron to come here? Well, Oprah for sure. John Cusack probably. Kanye West, Jeremy Piven, and Bill Murray would all probably join in. I guess that’s about it. No, wait. Isn’t there someone else who could help convince Lebron? Oh yeah, Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all time. :-)

  8. Anonymous - Jun 15, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    Hello Brian:
    Don’t forget to add, ‘the President of the United States’. I believe he is (and Michelle) are from (State Senator)ChiTown???? What you say, an oversight????

  9. TJCSR Smooth - Jun 15, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    I’m a die hard Knick Fan. What the Knicks need is NEW BLOOD from the OWNERS all the way down to Coaches and Dr’s. They need to clean house. Why bring or will a Top Player come into a DIRTY HOUSE??????

  10. Cygnus_X-1 - Jun 15, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    Are any of those “celebrities” relevant? They’re a bunch of has-beens. Why would a young 20-something care what they all think? Pull out some young hip hop “talent” for the King, and it might make an impression upon him. Otherwise, he’s wise to go where ever the dollars flow most.

  11. Cygnus_X-1 - Jun 15, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    Are any of those “celebrities” relevant? They’re a bunch of has-beens. Why would a young 20-something care what they all think? Pull out some young hip hop “talent” for the King, and it might make an impression upon him. Otherwise, he’s wise to go where ever the dollars flow most.

  12. Andy - Jun 15, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    NY needs to leave enough alone. Isn’t it bad enough they buy their World Series Championships with the Yankees??

  13. Cliff - Jun 15, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    Brian – I want LeBron in Chicago as much as, or more than, anyone else. But MJ ain’t gonna help us. He is the owner of the Bobcats now, and would not help the Bulls in any way, least of all courting his replacement. As for the Knicks, no one outside of the 212 area code even thinks about them. NY is the center of a lot of things, but basketball is not one of them (but thank you for taking Eddy Curry). This is a two horse race, Cleveland vs. Chicago.

  14. vinnie - Jun 15, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    HEY NEW YORKERS DID YOU SEE GAME 5 WHEN LEBRON TANKED IT FOR HIS TEAM ??? you want him take him but when he does that to the knicks make sure you run him out of town on a rail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Brian Blank - Jun 15, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    Good point about Michael, but I do believe that if Charlotte had zero chance (which they don’t) and John Paxon asked him, he’d make a phone call to Lebron behind the scenes.
    As for Eddie Curry, you are SO right! I’m still mad that they traded a 20 point/15 rebound per night player like Elton Brand for him (and Chandler)!

  16. Brian Blank - Jun 15, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    Okay, yeah I whiffed on that one. Good call. And, the President could sweeten the deal by playing hoops with Lebron!

  17. char in miami - Jun 15, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    look folks – all the celebrities in the world won’t influence lebron – only the $$$$$ influences him.
    he could give a rats ass WHERE he plays – just as long as it is for the most money available.

  18. char in miami - Jun 15, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    look folks – all the celebrities in the world won’t influence lebron – only the $$$$$ influences him.
    he could give a rats ass WHERE he plays – just as long as it is for the most money available.

  19. char in miami - Jun 15, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    look folks – all the celebrities in the world won’t influence lebron – only the $$$$$ influences him.
    he could give a rats ass WHERE he plays – just as long as it is for the most money available.

  20. char in miami - Jun 15, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    look folks – all the celebrities in the world won’t influence lebron – only the $$$$$ influences him.
    he could give a rats ass WHERE he plays – just as long as it is for the most money available.

  21. lakerfan - Jun 15, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    Get over it people. If lebron signs anywhere but los angeles or boston, he’s going to be a loser. Those are the only two places he’s guaranteed a championshhip! You know and I know it. The question is does lebron know it!

  22. dan hall # 1 lebron fan - Jun 15, 2010 at 11:45 PM

    why in the world would lebron sign wit the knicks a yeam who couldnt even make it to the simi-finals finals it would be worst then stayin with the cavs not sayin that the cavs is a bad team but theres only so much one player can do mvp or not but as far as the lame ass knicks thrers a reason lebron hasnt said or made any kinda move torwd the knicks hes not as braid dead as saqk lebron let us know something damn i know im not the only one thats dyin to know
    ya boi dnice

  23. luffy - Jun 16, 2010 at 4:25 AM

    Going to Chicago would be the best decision I guess, that is if he chooses a championship ring over $$$$$, It’s like having 2 mini-Mike, Rose and LBJ, then you have mini-scottie on Deng, then you have Rodman+offense in Noah, and then a Steve Kerr in Hinrich, I don’t know who’s gonna be like Kukoc and Harper though? they have Taj Gibson and Brad Miller anyways…
    Going to New Jersey would be the 2nd best because he has Devin Harris and Brook Lopez and that 7 footer shooter/slasher asian guy, Yi + Avery Johnson as their coach…
    Well, if money and glamour wins, surely we’ll see a NY jersey # 6 next season, that would top the sales next season as well I guess…

  24. James - Jun 18, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    yo dont be a god damn follower tell your friend larry to jus shut up he a bum

  25. James - Jun 18, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    yo dont be a god damn follower tell your friend larry to jus shut up he a bum

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