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New York Needs Kobe


L.A. to N.Y.

For several months, Urban Sports Talk has lobbied to get Kobe to the Big Apple. It hasn’t happened so now we are sending an open letter to David Stern the Commissioner of the NBA. It reads as follows:

Mr. Stern,

On behalf of the legions of NBA fans, we are writing to ask you to make a “unilateral” decision and trade Kobe Bryant to the New York Knicks immediately. The Big Apple is the biggest NBA stage and it hasn’t had a viable first act since Patrick Ewing was executing Code Reds on behalf of Pat Riley. In fact, the last time this franchise needed your assistance, you delivered the “frozen envelope” so they could draft the Hoya Destroyer #1 back in 1985.


This proclamation will add to your already impressive Legacy of Leadership. Imagine the prose that will honor your courage and vision in bringing the best player in the world to New York. The Stern Legacy will record how you saved the Association’s Charter Franchise twice during your tenure.

Kobe will be the biggest star ever to lace up tennis shoes for Knicks. The buzz will be back at the Mecca of basketball like it was when His Airness graced the hardwood. Just think what it would mean to the NBA having that sort of presence nightly at Madison Square Garden. 

Therefore, we will not take no for an answer and we demand that you honor this recommendation. The Knicks are full of talent and bad contracts for the Lakers to assume and manage. It’ll be a year before those fans even realize Kobe’s gone because they have too many other things going on in Cali (i.e. fires, mudslides, immigration, writer’s strike, etc.). They won’t miss him and New York needs him.

Warmest Regards,

Urban Sports Talk


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