Thursday , Nov , 05 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Larry Bird: I Hope LeBron James Stays with Cleveland Cavaliers

Not that he wants his former boss, Donnie Walsh, to fail at rebuilding the Knicks, but Pacers president Larry Bird doesn’t want to see LeBron James come to New York next summer.

"I hope he stays in Cleveland," Bird said Monday. "He’s from Ohio and he means so much to that team and that state. I used to love to go and play in Cleveland because they love the game. And, I like to see the great players stay in the cities and with the teams that drafted them. It means so much for the league and the state. So I would rather see him stay."

Bird, who coached for Walsh and then joined the front office when the current Knicks president ran the Pacers, participated in a conference call with Magic Johnson to promote their new book, "When the Game Was Ours."