ESPN sports commentators Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman react to sports columnist, analyst, and author Bill Simmons saying the Los Angeles Lakers point forward LeBron James was close to signing a deal with the New York Knicks until the meeting turned into a “disaster” in 2010:
Bill Simmons on “The Bill Simmons Podcast:”
“From everyone that I’ve talked to in the know since then, it’s clear that the Knicks were the first choice. And I’m sorry Knicks fans, earmuffs. But it was basically the Knicks’ to lose, and they just couldn’t stay out of their own way. And the stories are legendary.
They had the legendary meeting. Donnie Walsh was in the wheelchair, and Dolan was Dolan. And it was just a complete – they didn’t have anything prepared. And it just couldn’t have gone worse, by all accounts. It was a disaster,” via Yahoo.