With July 1st just around the corner, which is the equivalent of D-Day when it comes to the prized 2010 Summer of free agency, potential suitors for Lebron James are lining up and putting their best foot forward in an attempt to land “King James.” Long regarded as one of the front-runners for his services, the New York Knicks have enlisted some of the Big Apple’s biggest celebrities to help lure the game’s best player to play in their city.
New York has come together as a whole for the cause to try and woo Lebron before the July 1st date when he officially becomes free. It’s actually a brilliant move considering that Knicks management, or any other team’s representatives for that matter, are not allowed any contact with potential free agents until after July 1st. Then players aren’t allowed to officially sign any new deals for another 10 days on July 10th.
New York celebrities have come out in drones in support of signing James. High profile celebs like Donald Trump, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Boomer Esiason, Kevin James, Chris Rock, and lifelong Knicks fan Spike Lee, among others have agreed to meet with Lebron and show him around the town. In addition, a number of former Knicks players and NYC playground legends like Willis Reed. Walt Frazier, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, as well as former NY Giants quarterback Phil Simms will all get their chance to speak to James.
Recently even New York based rapper Jadakiss and some of his hip hop family made their very own rap song about Lebron coming to New York. In the end, the choice is Lebron’s to make. Hopefully he cares more about the game of basketball and playing for the Knicks rather than coming to the “City That Never Sleeps” just because Chris Rock or Donald Trump says so. Sounds like good stuff. Maybe Spike Lee should be filming this. Reportedly the NJ Nets are also forming a welcoming committee led by Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen.
Will it be New York or New Jersey for Lebron?
Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Allen also provides content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com, in addition to being a tenured columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.