The coolest Knick that ever slipped into the uniform has a message for LeBron James: Hang with me and you'll see why you should call New York home after this season.
"I told LeBron all he has to do is come to New York and walk around with me for one or two hours and he will see why he should play in New York," Knicks legend Clyde Frazier told us on TheKnicksBlog Radio on Tuesday.
"I have been retired 30 years, there is nowhere I can go in the city where people don't know me. People show admiration, respect. That's all he has to do, just walk around with me for a couple hours in the city and he will see why he should be in NY."
James saw it earlier in the year when the Cavaliers were in the Big Apple on the same day the Yankees held their World Series parade. It's a recruiting measure like no other, except for a man who reached legendary status thanks to his Game 7 performance in the 1970 NBA Finals against the Lakers.
To me, it's the greatest, most clutch performance of all time. Why? Because the Knicks were playing without a healthy Willis Reed, and because it was the ultimate moment at the pinnacle of the season on the big stage of the Big Apple.
36 points, 19 assists.
Let me say that again for you younger fans who love stats and started watching in 1999: 36 points 19 assists.
There have been World Series perfect games (Don Larsen), clutch home runs (Scott Brosius), huge shots (Allan Houston) and epic goals (Stephane Matteau), but when you think of great New York performances when it was all on the line, there's Mark Messier, Joe Namath, Phil Simms and Clyde. But Frazier's individual dominance may just rank on top.
And Frazier knew that the Knicks had the upper hand before the game even started, when Reed famously limped out of the locker room.
"There's an adage that says a man reveals himself in many ways," Frazier told me the other night. "They didn't have to open their mouths. I could tell from their body language that we were going to win."
What he may never have realized, however, is just how much that game made him the Knicks legend that he still is today. As far as he's concerned, it's been a dream ride.
So would LeBron instantly become the biggest athlete in the history of New York should he change addresses?
"No question about it, because of what he has already accomplished, and just think, he still has not reached his prime," Frazier said. "So he would definitely be catapulted as the biggest player in the NBA. Right now, he will not pass Kobe as long as Kobe is in LA and LeBron is in Cleveland. Kobe has the rings in addition to that, but still, it is the magic of the name."
We'll see what James will decide to do, but if I'm the Knicks, I make sure Clyde is part of the recruiting process.