P. Diddy wants to buy the Knicks. Like everyone else in New York, he thinks he can do a better job running the team

By Gary Susman
July 22, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
Sean Combs: Tim Goodwin/STAR MAX/NewsCom

Everyone in New York City probably thinks they can do a better job running the New York Knicks than the NBA team’s current management (the hoopsters finished with a 37-45 record this season), but Sean ”P. Diddy” Combs is willing to put his money where his mouth is. Appearing Tuesday on Howard Stern’s radio show, P. Diddy went public with his desire to buy at least a percentage of the franchise. ”I think I could do a good job,” said the rap mogul/restaurateur/fashion designer/SUV customizer. He told Stern the Knicks need ”some new blood up in there. … I’m not saying let’s get rid of the owners, I’m saying put me down. Put me in the game … because it’s not going down right now. I wanna make sure we [are] gonna win.”

A Combs spokesperson confirmed to MTV News that the hip-hopper is ”looking to petition for a stake” in the team. However, the $400 million franchise, second only to the Los Angeles Lakers in value, according to a Boston Herald article from last year, is apparently not entertaining offers. ”I’m publicly puttin’ it out there because they’re not taking my calls,” Combs told Stern. Asked about P. Diddy’s interest, a spokesperson for Cablevision, the team’s owner, said, ”It’s not even worth commenting on.”