'Grown Ups' actors ambivalent about LeBron on Knicks

Actor Adam Sandler speaks to the media prior

Actor Adam Sandler speaks to the media prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway. (June 13, 2010) (Credit: Getty Images)

Adam Sandler is a Knicks fan, but fellow Knicks fans might not want the actor/comedian/movie mogul advising a certain about-to-be free agent.

"I would feel bad if LeBron came to New York right now," he said. "I think we're doomed right now, with or without LeBron. I don't see good things happening if LeBron shows up.

"The only thing that could make me happy is if Willis Reed and Clyde decided to play again."

Sandler sounded serious, but one can never be certain when he gets together with friends such as Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade and Rob Schneider, as he did yesterday on a conference call to promote their movie, "Grown Ups," which opens Friday.

The callers were a dozen or so sportswriters, the movie is about former youth basketball teammates and the actors mostly are avid fans, so it did not take long for the conversation to turn to free agency.

Sandler guaranteed James would stay in Cleveland; others held out hope.

"I think he'd be a good fit because he can actually play basketball, and you can't say that about a lot of guys on the team right now," Rock said.

Kevin James, who grew up in Stony Brook, said: "I want him here just because I would love to have another reason to move to New York myself. If LeBron comes, I'm throwing it out there. And not just in the vicinity. We're living together."

When someone asked the actors to weigh in on whether Kobe Bryant has surpassed Magic Johnson as the greatest Laker, a spirited debate ensued, with Rock passionately defending Johnson.

"Not even close," Rock said. "Magic's got five rings, man. Magic beat Bird. Magic beat AIDS. You can't top Magic. He's the greatest winner of all time."

Soon enough, though, things got back to LeBron. Someone asked Rock what winning a championship with the Knicks would do for James' legacy.

"Can we just slow down for a second?" Rock said. "If he just comes and wins a game, I'll be happy. Have you seen our team?"

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