July 1st, 2010
09:16 PM ET
4 years ago

Bloomberg to LeBron James: Come to New York

 'What I can tell him is New York's a great place to -- to live and to work,' Mayor Bloomberg said of the possibility of LeBron James joining a New York City team.
'What I can tell him is New York's a great place to - to live and to work,' Mayor Bloomberg said of the possibility of LeBron James joining a New York City team.

(CNN) - Add one more name to the list of people with LeBron fever – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"Come on, LeBron!", Bloomberg cheered in an interview that aired Thursday on CNN's John King, USA.

CNN Chief National Correspondent (and major hoops fan) John King asked Bloomberg what the Big Apple mayor could do to win over the superstar.

"Well, I don't know that I can do a lot. He's not called me and asked me. I can't tell him how to fix his jump shot," Bloomberg said. "What I can tell him is New York's a great place to - to live and to work."

Bloomberg also mentioned that in addition to the New York Knicks, his city's longtime basketball team, the New Jersey Nets are becoming the Brooklyn Nets– giving New York two chances to land Lebron James.

"The great thing about New York is LeBron will be able to walk the streets and not be bothered by people. But he'll also have the power of being a star when he wants to do it. You can have both things in New York."

The basketball star will have plenty of opportunities to consider Bloomberg's arguments. The Knicks and the Nets are among the teams making a serious play to get James.


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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. MAC

    LeBron James is another over paid pre-maddona like alot of the current athletes. Their salaries and the owners profits have made it so expensive for the average American that they cannot go to games regularly like we could in the old days. You can make a car payment for the cost of one day at a game for your family. Now that is rediculous!

    July 1, 2010 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  2. todd

    Money talks,i mean tax rates talk! 12.85 million dollars goes to taxes, no thanks! Go to Florida and keep that 12.85 million in my back pocket!

    July 1, 2010 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  3. Dave

    Dear Bloomberg,
    He ain't going to New York with your taxes!

    July 1, 2010 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  4. Slider

    I think it would be a perfect fit for New York. James can't lead, and New York has a mayor who can't either.

    Perfect.

    July 1, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  5. Peter E

    Yes, I'm sure this fits so well into 'political' ticker. Even the NBA is now politics... WHO CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 2, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am |