An Offer He Can't Refuse: Your Pitch to Lebron James

Friday, July 02, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg is pushing the Knicks; Jay Z is hyping the Nets. Now it's your turn! Free agency started yesterday, and both New York teams are courting basketball superstar LeBron James to come to the NYC area. It's the biggest moment in the history of NBA free agency, and both teams think this is their ticket back to bball glory. Knicks fans, Nets fans: state your case!

Comments [19]

Matt from Carroll Gardens

I just called in, but want to expand on my case a little... I'm from Cleveland, and still know tons of people back there. Everyone here in NY, you have no idea what a huge deal LeBron is to that city. Obviously he's huge economically; I don't think a city should pin half its economy on a sports star, but Cleveland seriously needs everything it has to keep going. If he leaves, that's a huge blow. But he's just a big for morale. Cleveland just gets historically shafted--NOTHING good happens to that place! Steel mills close, half the population leaves, the river literally catches fire from pollution, it's always cloudy and rainy, foreclosures are super high, the Browns are, well, the Browns... If you've seen "American Splendor," enough said. The city needs someone to be proud of, just something to make people happy!

Look at it this way: if LeBron DOESN'T come to NY, it's not like New Yorkers are going to move away, the city won't lose a ton of money, we won't have city-wide waves of despair. NY will keep being awesome. We don't need this. Cleveland does.

Jul. 02 2010 12:17 PM
Mike C. from Tribeca

I still don't get the mayor's "King James Version" joke.

Jul. 02 2010 12:05 PM
dboy from nyc

I think Beyonce from Bklyn is on to something.

Jul. 02 2010 12:03 PM
Mike C. from Tribeca

As to the World Cup, it's not like Brazil lost to a nobody team. The Netherlands is a powerhouse.

Jul. 02 2010 11:59 AM

Give us a break with the World Cup discussion. Simply put, some of us just don't care about soccer.

Jul. 02 2010 11:58 AM
John from Manhattan

Hey Brian,

You should read the sports pages more closely because Lebron's mother was having an affair with one of his teammates.

Jul. 02 2010 11:58 AM
native clevelander, ex-new yorker from Phoenix

i'm originally from cleveland and an ex-new yorker (stil love NYC), now living in the phoenix area. my pitch would be "don't go to ny or nj! your main concern should be your legacy -- where can you win mutiple championships? it's not in new york! it's not in jersey! it might be in chicago, but your best chance is to stay home in cleveland, especially now that the Cavs have a winning coach, byron scott." to all new yorkers hoping to woo lebron: no one, and i mean NO ONE, needs the economic boost and the morale boost like my home town cleveland! even a native new yorker would have to agree with that!

Jul. 02 2010 11:58 AM
The Truth from Becky

I agree with Bob from Akron! and I want to add how much you people sound like you are shopping a show pony!

Jul. 02 2010 11:56 AM
dboy from nyc

gee... professional sports.


Jul. 02 2010 11:56 AM
Mike C. from Tribeca

Please come to NYC, Lebron, so MSG can raise their cable channel and stadium ticket prices. They're depending on you!

Jul. 02 2010 11:54 AM
Adam from NYC

Lebron, if you have any sense you will stay in Cleveland. If you want to get out of Cleveland then go to Miami. I am a long time Knicks fan and I guarantee that if you come here they will find a way to make you lose. The owners are crazy and the management sucks. If you want to be miserable and waist the best years of your career then C'mon Lebron COME TO NY!!!

Jul. 02 2010 11:54 AM
The Truth from Becky

Brian maybe you should call the mayor of Cleveland and find out what his contributions to charitable orangizations entails!!

Jul. 02 2010 11:53 AM
antonio from park slope

According to hoopshype I heard Lebron, Bosh and Wade are going to Miami as a dream team??

Jul. 02 2010 11:52 AM
Bebop from hollis

Cmon LeBron, don't you want to be on a team that will find a way to lose? We promise you will be the star of an NBA disaster! Cmon!

Jul. 02 2010 09:59 AM
Mush Fan from Flatiron

Right on, "ag from nj". You'll also see cable TV costs rise to help the Knicks or Nets pay for the increased salary load. They always pass the costs on to the taxpayers and consumers. It never changes. Stay in Cleveland, LeBron. Who cares?
And what exactly do the Nets and Knicks add to life here anyway?!

Jul. 01 2010 11:46 AM
a g from n j

i agree with bob from akron,but how do you define nyc elite. the corporate interface with gov't has a lot more to do with the building of stadia[with us taxed against our will] the saleries that are so out of proportion to any sane correlation with the real working world of most people,have to do with winning at all cost. i don't much care about lebron and pro sports anymore. anyone who buys a tkt should not complain about the money. you can't have it both ways. but lebron,stay in cleveland will ya............

Jul. 01 2010 11:30 AM
Beyonce from Bklyn

C'mon taxpayers, this is REALLY important! Let's promise LeBron that if he comes to NY and plays for "us", we'll have the Knicks move to Brooklyn and we'll build ANOTHER stadium right next door to Ratner's! Yeah! Hooray!

This way he'll be closer to his buddy, the esteemed Jay Z and they can sit around all day counting money and using the N-word to refer to their fellow men and the B-word to refer to women. Yeah! Hooray! I (Heart) NY. C'mon taxpayers, ante up!!! C'mon LeBron! We NEED you sooooooo bad!!!!!

Jul. 01 2010 11:21 AM
Webbsite from Morningside Heights

I'm sick of all this groveling. Since when do New Yorkers beg? Mr. James, if you want to play basketball in the greatest city for a team that is desperate for success again, come. If you don't, that's fine too.

Jul. 01 2010 11:11 AM
Bob from Akron Ohio

I am really sick of hearing the NYC elite trying to woo our only sense of well-being from our meager existence. We don't ask for much...and we always get less than what we need. LeBron is a hometown icon - he is all we have in this city for entertainment. Leave him alone!!!! If (when) he leaves, I might also. You guys already have EVERYTHING! STOP being GREEDY! You think it is all fun and games... its NOT to us. Today is a very sad day for Cleveland. :(

Jul. 01 2010 10:14 AM

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