After it was revealed earlier this week the Knicks hoped to woo LeBron James with a fancy meal courtesy of Danny Meyer, Phil Suarez or Drew Nieporent on the first night of the Chosen One’s long-awaited free agency, James’ minder, the wonderfully dubbed Maverick Carter (above, left) tells the NY Post’s Marc Berman a reporter he’s heard of there’s no roadshow in the offing.
“LeBron is not going on a tour,” Carter told ESPN.com. “He never planned to go on a tour and has not been a part of any team’s plans for a recruiting trip.”
Carter said James prefers to meet with teams on neutral ground but not at his mansion in Akron, Ohio.
Carter’s pronouncement throws a wrench into the Knicks’ extravagant plans but does not kill them entirely. The Knicks have known about the possibility of having to take the party to Akron — or wherever James would like to meet.
A source said P. Diddy, James Gandolfini of “The Sopranos” and Philip Seymour Hoffman have been added to the Knicks’ growing celebrity roster assembled to try to convince James to sign with the Knicks.
The addition of Hoffman to the Brainwash LeBron movement is rather ingenious considering his well known affection for basketball.