There are three things I can name right off the top of my head that I could say are useless in New York: a car, good manners, and other New Yorkers trying to persuade LeBron James to sign with the Knicks.
With roughly three weeks left until NBA free agency opens, ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand wrote an article stating that Knicks president Donnie Walsh wants as many New Yorkers as possible to help convince James to choose Madison Square Garden when NBA free agency opens.
According to Marchand, Walsh is trying to get players from the New York Yankees to recruit LeBron James, and persuade him to move his career to New York.
"If there's Yankees that want to help us, we would involve them," Walsh simply stated.
The speculation about LeBron moving has been in discussion for the last three years. There's been talk about him being able to play in Madison Square Garden (the Mecca of basketball) with the fans behind him.
The fact that New York is able to buy him and an additional decent player to add to a young supporting cast that has a lot of potential, as well as the pressure of him doing well in New York. Then there is his "loyalty" to the Cavaliers, and several other factors that benefit LeBron to either want to make him stay in Cleveland or move to New York.
There are other teams in the mix hoping that LeBron will sign with them, including the Nets, the Bulls, and the Heat. However, the one team we hear a lot more about is the Knicks because of the fact that there has been rumors about LeBron jumping shifts for about three years, while the idea of moving to any of the other teams has only been pondered this year.
Having said all of that, Donnie Walsh believes that getting celebrities and other New York sports figures to talk to him about moving to New York is going to help his chances of signing King James.
Seriously... why would he do that? If I was LeBron James, I'd actually feel insulted to know that the president of the franchise would think that his odds of acquiring me in a transaction would increase, if a few people who have absolutely nothing to do with signing me just talk to me.
"He's a Yankee fan." Big whoop. Who cares?
Derek Jeter simply said that it wouldn't make sense, and I'd agree with him completely. He said it best in two quotes:
"You don't have to sell winning in New York."
"If I were going to another baseball team, how would a basketball player help. I don't play basketball. I have nothing to do with that."
C.C. Sabathia is also friends with The King of Cleveland, but admitted he didn't know what he'd say to persuade James to pick New York.
Not only that, but I think LeBron knows a lot about New York and the importance of basketball in that city... especially the fans who frequently attend games in Madison Square Garden.
Hip-hop pioneer Jay-Z, who is also a part owner of the New Jersey Nets, echoed what Jeter said in a Rolling Stone interview:
"That's his decision. We're friends -- we've still got to hang out! I don't want to convince somebody to do something, then have to see him and say, 'Uh, yeah, we're 4-30 ... sorry.'"
This is coming from a guy who needs him more than the Knicks do. However, he's not going to jeopardize a friendship for money.
Unless Cleveland successfully acquires someone better than average, like New York is willing to do with the gap they have, he needs to leave. To me, there'd still be a really good chance that he'll leave if they try to acquire someone else: they don't have a coach, and he's surrounded by a bunch of second-round draft picks; an aging Antawn Jamison, and a Shaquille O'Neal that's almost ready to retire.
Out of seven seasons, LeBron has led a helpless, underachieving Cavaliers team to four 50+ win seasons, two 60+ win seasons, five consecutive Conference Semi-Finals, two Eastern Conference Finals, and one NBA Finals. Just mentioning that he played in the NBA Finals doesn't even acknowledge the fact that he had play out of his mind! Remember that 48-point game against the Pistons?
If it takes Cleveland this long to build a team around him the right way, LeBron needs to leave. Kevin Garnett was loyal to the Minnesota Timberwolves for quite some time, and look how that cost him; at least he won one ring… with a different team.
In the wise words of Kevin Garnett, "Youth is something you can't get back." He might not being singing a certain Frank Sinatra song once he's set for the 2010-2011 season, but it should benefit James's best interests.