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News » New York Knicks Getting Inside 2009-11-07

New York Knicks Getting Inside 2009-11-07

New York Knicks Getting Inside 2009-11-07The next time New York gets to see LeBron James, they'll be able to finally make him a contract offer. Thanks to the NBA schedule-maker, who clearly has no sense of drama (or maybe is just as tired as the rest of the league about the 2010 talk), James and the Cavaliers will make just one visit to Madison Square Garden this season -- and he made it in the seventh game of the season.

"I don't know who made the schedule," James said, "but for the Cleveland Cavaliers to be here once, I'm kind of disappointed in that."

James made the most of his visit -- and the outpouring of affection from the star-hungry New York crowd, which was speckled with custom-made No. 23 Knicks jerseys with his name on the back -- on the same day his favorite baseball team celebrated its World Series championship with a parade down the Canyon of Heroes. James said he slept during the parade, but "heard it was great."

One of his close friends, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, said he should have invited James to the parade.

"Let him know what it's like to win in New York City," Sabathia added.

The Knicks are desperate for a savior and while others from the awaiting Class of 2010 (Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh) have downplayed the talk of next summer, James seems to embrace it and almost encourage it. But up to a point.

"I don't tease," he said the night before he came to New York for the game. "I have never teased the New York media by saying I was coming to New York or playing for the Knicks. I say the same thing every time. When July 1 gets here, I'm going to approach it like a businessman and approach it the best way for LeBron and his family, but I've been a Cav for seven years now and I've never given any indication of leaving."

He then added, "For me to say I'm not going to be a Knick or I'm going to be a Cav, or I'm not going to be a Cav and be a Knick, I'm not going to say that right now because I did a three-year contract for a reason. I want to keep my options open."

And the Knicks will have the checkbook open -- and New York will have its arms open -- when that day finally comes.

CAVALIERS 100, KNICKS 91: LeBron James scored 18 of his 33 points in the first quarter as the Cavaliers (4-3) jumped out to an early 40-21 lead and went into cruise control for most of the rest of the game. A late rally by the Knicks cut the lead to nine points in the final three minutes before a buzzing sellout crowd that was loaded with celebrities, including several members of the World Series champion New York Yankees. David Lee led the Knicks (1-5) with 21 points.

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