For years, New York basketball fans have hoped and prayed for the day that Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James might sign with the New York Knicks and immediately make the team a playoff perennial.
James officially becomes a free agent on July 1, and if he decides against signing with the Knicks, it won’t be the fault of fan Ed Norwick. He’s doing everything in his power to entice King James to the Big Apple.
Norwick is the general manager of Scores, a famous gentlemen’s club on West 28th Street, and while he won’t be privy to any contract negotiations that could conceivably occur between James and the Knicks’ owners, he certainly is offering some perks that might be hard for any red-blooded male to refuse.
Basically, if James signs with the Knicks, Norwick is promising him free access to the club anytime he wants and free meals at Robert’s Restaurant, the on-site gourmet steakhouse.
“And he can have unlimited lap dances with any of our dancers on me for the rest of his life,” Norwick added.
Considering that many of those dancers appear in Playboy and Penthouse, it’s an offer that should arouse James’ interest.
But that’s not all. Norwick promises that if James becomes a Knick, there will be a huge party (“The party of the century,” he promises) featuring 75 to 80 dancers all wearing LeBron jerseys instead of robes.
Obviously, Scores is making the offer as public as possible in order to get publicity, but Norwick says there’s a personal reason behind the offer.
He has been a Knicks fan since the days of Bill Bradley and Walt Frazier, and laments their relatively poor showing since the early ’70s, save for the Pat Ewing era. Their history hasn’t been so great since then, except for the 1993-94 season when they lost to the Houston Rockets in the NBA finals.
“New York is a sports town,” Norwick said. “The New York Yankees, their history needs no explaining; the Mets are credible; the Giants have a Super Bowl-quality team; and the Jets are on their way up. And the New York Rangers have a great history. The Knicks? Not so great.”
James is guaranteed oodles of money regardless of who signs him, but Norwick, fan that he is, sees all sorts of benefits to King James becoming the king of Broadway.
“I don’t think it’s all about money for him,” Norwick said. “He’s making a lot of money in Cleveland, but a guy with his personality deserves to be here.”
It seems that Norwick is offering the king the keys to the castle, but it’s not without some caveats. For instance, Norwick admits that if James comes in the night before Game 7 of the NBA Finals expecting to party up a storm, Norwick may not let him in the door.
“This is hypothetical, of course, because I don’t think he’d do that, but if he did, I’d meet him at the door and tell him nicely to come back after the game and we’d celebrate the victory,” Norwick said.
Whether any of the Cleveland gentlemen’s clubs can match Norwick’s offer remains to be seen.
“Tony,” the manager at the Secret Gentlemen’s Club said he didn’t have the authority to make that kind of offer and added: “LeBron doesn’t frequent the adult nightclubs all that often anyway.”