LeBron James To Get the Hard Sell on Knicks From Manhattan Celebs

By Jim Scott on June 15, 2010 2:24pm | Updated on June 15, 2010 2:13pm

By Jim Scott

DNAinfo Senior Editor

MANHATTAN — Derek Jeter and Jay-Z may not be willing to help the Knicks recruit LeBron James, but other New York celebrities are ready to step up on behalf of the Big Apple.

Chris Rock and Donald Trump are already speaking out publically about how great New York would be for the basketball superstar, who'll become a free agent on July 1.

"New York would be a great thing for LeBron," Donald Trump told the New York Post. "He would take over the city."

Rock took a few jabs at Cleveland, James' professional home since he was drafted by the Cavaliers in 2003.

"You really want to live in Cleveland? That's what I would tell him. Where do you want to live?" Rock told the Post.

Rock and Trump will reportedly be joined by celebrities Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, and Spike Lee in pursuit of James.

Cleveland, Miami, Chicago and New York are the front-runners in the James sweepstakes. However, Trump thinks the choice should be easy.

The real estate mogul told the Post: "I am in many different cities, but I can tell you, LeBron, there is only one New York."

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