Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  46 responses

LeBron James, a Rabbi, and You

TMZ somehow obtained a picture of LBJ holding hands with a Rabbi, and Daily Finance explains who this mysterious dude is: “In a move likely to puzzle some of his fans, James met Tuesday with Yishayahu Yosef Pinto, a 37-year-old spiritual leader whose following in the business community is as intense as it is mysterious to the uninitiated. According to TMZ, the NBA star was seeking guidance in advance of a major merchandising meeting set to take place on a yacht later in the day. A follower of Pinto’s tells DailyFinance that the meeting was arranged by Jay Schottenstein, an Ohio retail executive who himself has become acquainted with Pinto in recent months … The follower of Pinto’s adds that James made a ‘six-figure payment’ to Pinto’s organization, Shuva Israel, in the course of arranging the meeting … Strange as that sounds, James is far from the only well-known personage to seek Pinto’s counsel on worldly matters. A descendant of famous Moroccan rabbis on both his parents’ sides, Pinto has for several years been regarded as something of a guru in the New York real estate community. ‘Rabbi Pinto, who has no formal business education, only speaks Hebrew and won’t meet with women, is considered by Israeli real estate professionals as well as people in other professions and of different faiths to be a holy man,’ wrote The Real Deal, a real estate industry publication, in a 2008 profile. Others who have attended his sermons or waited on him in person include Congressman Anthony Weiner, former New York governor Mario Cuomo, ad executive Donny Deutsch, jeweler-to-the-stars and convicted felon Jacob Arabo, and public relations man Ronn Torossian, according to various published reports.”

  • Add a Comment
  • Share
  • RSS

Tags: , ,

  • The Philosopher

    Shout out to The Illuminati.

  • andre anglais

    so so weird

  • The Philosopher

    I think Pinto has a body too…

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ


  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Lebron, should have went to R.A Vernon’s church in Ohio for advice, but I gues now Lebron can go to Zachary Timms church in Florida if he needs help. He could teach Lebron about redemption and how he has to believe in God and not his own works and if Lebron really wants to make a difference in someone’s life, especailly these young impressionable people who were crying over you, burning your jersey and who feel a fake King abandoned them. Lebron find JESUS man, you need a relationship with him not a man, not someone in the middle for you like a guru to the stars Rabbi, you can have a direct relationship now. Lebron seems like a lost pup, who needs a master to tell him what to do. Just saying…..

  • The Philosopher

    ^^How do you know he hasn’t found Jesus?
    Have you found Jesus?

  • Mr. Robinson


  • funkdoc

    This would be a great pic for a Slam contest.

  • slamfan4life

    So since the Jewish community runs everything in America, LeBron wants to be apart of it! If Amar’e did, why not Mr.Co-star in MIA

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    LeBron needs to do a better job finding Jesus in transition, and whenever Glen Davis and Kendrick Perkins run picks for him.

  • The D Train

    Take that, Amare! You ain’t cornering the jewish market with LBJ and his handlers in the game, baby!

  • ciroqobama

    The Seed’s comments get worse on here every day. BOOK IT

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    I don’t blame him for getting advice from the Rabbi. At least the Rabbi has some experience and earned his reputation as a business adviser. Rabbi certainly can’t do any worse than Maverick Carter and the others that have been advising LBJ.

  • http://sdfjklf.com Jukai

    ciroqobama Posted: Aug.11 at 11:55 am
    The Seed’s comments get worse on here every day. BOOK IT

  • Yesse

    I kinda feel confused. I can already see the illuminati video makers in youtube making decisions about this, but i’m kind of in the crossroads for this.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    The Philosopher
    You can judge people by the company they keep (Jay Z and others and the fruits that he and them bear). Just because people give to the poor and do things doesn’t mean they do right. I have studied Jay Z music and other things, but this is a basketball site. So I won’t go into detail to prove my point. Lebron meeting with a guru Rabbi tells you alot about him. If it doesn’t then, this is just my view on things. Seems funny that he is giving six figures to a 37-year-old spiritual leader whose following in the business community is as intense as it is mysterious to the uninitiated accoriding to the article. Sounds like a great money maker to me—-SCAM. Also this Rabbi is giving Lebron counsel on worldly matters, like that really matters. TMZ stated that Sources involved with the meeting tell us LeBron had hired Rabbi Pinto for spiritual guidance for a “big merchandising meeting” that took place on a private yacht somewhere off the coast of NY just hours ago. See to me a real so called spiritual leader would tell Lebron to marry his baby mama who has carried his two kids for him and remember the company you keep tells alot about you. He needs a life change, not a money grabber, to tell him Dr. Phil common sense for money. There are plenty of ministers that would counsel him for free. Lebron is getting Hoodwinked in front of everyone. A guru Rabbi for what to tell me, I should give more money to the people to make the deal. If Lebron needs this much guidance there is a thing called Prayer, that he can do own his own for free and give that six figure money to some homeless folks, needing familys, or build some houses or some more boys and girls club in CT. He is getting milked like a goat, so he might as well give it to some needy folks, instead of making this man richer. BOOK IT!!

  • http://sdfjklf.com Jukai

    The Seed should give up his worldly possessions and join a monastery. Because, you know, what does it really matter? BOOK IT!

  • EJ

    Why does he need to find Jesus? Is he so lonely he needs an imagination friend? You get the best guidance from people close to you.

  • The Philosopher

    The Seed:
    So, you still have not told me how you know he has not found Jesus.

  • ai come back

    omg religious debates on a site dedicated to basketball………..

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    The Philosopher
    If you read you will understand, if don’t, don’t worry about it. This is a basketball site. Sorry Slam. I will go join a monastery now.

  • Sam

    lebron’s second one hour special: “I have decided to take my religion specialties to Israel, where I will be teaming up with Omri Casspi and Amare Stoudemire.”

  • The Philosopher

    I feel you, Seed.
    I’ll leave you alone on that, for you know what time it is.
    I was really going to expose your contradictions.
    One more thing, brethren:
    You might be interested in Zeitgeist, if you haven’t already seen it.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Philosopher you think you would have, I know whats going on, he is searching for some guidance from the wrong place. Its cool.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I mean, I ain’t trying to co-sgn the Seed, but seeking a spiritual adviser before making a business deal is weird.
    And, a Jewish rabbi who didn’t tell Lebron that he needed to chill with the fornication is also a bit weird.
    It’s all weird.

  • M5

    I didn’t know LeBron was fluent in speaking Hebrew.

  • The Philosopher

    How do you know that Jesus didn’t lead him to the rabbi, Seed?

  • kh

    Using knowledge and wisdom to work with and use the laws of the universe through the power of kabbalah. I think this is a great decision for Lebron and whatever “deal” he is working on. Wouldn’t you want to use as many sources as possible?

  • http://sdfjklf.com Jukai

    You know, the more I read, the more this entire rabbi thing sounds like a scam

  • Franko

    This would be a great pic for a ISlam contest :)

  • total scrotal implosion


  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    Many people go to this Rabbi for business advice, not only spiritual matters. My guess is LBJ was talking business, not Jesus. The Schottenstein’s (from Schottenstein stores, Value City dept stores and the Ohio State Arena ‘Schottenstein Center’ go to him for business advice. So do other wealthy business people. LBJ is doing the right thing by getting some additional perspective/advice from him. Maybe the smartest thing he’s done in months.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    Illuminati want ur mind soul and ur body

  • http://sdfjklf.com Jukai

    I see myself reporting total scrotal implosion to the moderators for banning! Good going!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Bash

    The weirdest part of this story (and most of it is weird) is that the Rabbi doesn’t speak English. Only Hebrew. Without Amare being there to translate his advice, I highly doubt he was much help to Lebron.

  • http://sdfjklf.com Jukai


  • Shaggy

    cosign pardeep

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    The Philosopher Posted: Aug.11 at 4:13 pm
    How do you know that Jesus didn’t lead him to the rabbi, Seed?
    From article link, not my words: Pinto, an Israeli-born rabbi of Moroccan descent, is little known in the United States. But he was thrust into a sort of prominence following news reports linking him to a Hasidic real estate broker who died June 9 in what the medical examiner ruled to be a suicide. According to press reports, Solomon Obstfeld rented at least one apartment to the rabbi at a below-market rate in Jumeirah Essex House, an elegant Central Park South building. That business arrangement reportedly ended in harsh feelings between Obstfeld and the rabbi.
    From same article link : “That’s the phenomenon of kabbalism, of mysticism,” Nachmani said. “There’s something that attracts people to the unknown or to the divine. They see the rabbi as a go-between between the divine and man.”
    Scam from article link: There’s a component of that where someone believes that the kabbalist can predict the profitability, or lack thereof, of a specific investment,” said Jonathan Nachmani, a real estate investor and a member of the Sephardic community who has met Pinto many times. Still, he maintained that Pinto would “never give a guarantee one way or the other” regarding the prospects of a deal.
    From article: Once seated, he invited certain men to sit beside him, a position of honor. (Women in attendance sat in a balcony behind a curtain, watching over closed-circuit television.)

    Also he has no formal Buisness education degree, where is his knowledge coming from.

  • total scrotal implosion

    Jukai, why would you try to ban me? I assume you assumed I was talkn bout jews, but that is not so. That post is a peter tosh quote from a song. Its about all the evil forces in the world, has nothing to do with jews

  • jose

    Is LBJ rubbing it into the Knicks faces?

  • Bdub

    The seeds a muppet.

  • The Philosopher

    @The Seed:
    Again, you HAVE to tell my HOW YOU KNOWW that JESUS didn’t lead The King to THE RABBI???

  • NAS

    this rabbi dude seems like a con man to me; no formal education rabbi selling property – sounds like a GREAT idea; seemingly Lebron wont rest until he is completely broke – should have better spent that time working on his jumpshot

  • JoeMaMa

    “Okay, so here’s the $500,000. Now tell me: how do I become a real estate magnate and billionaire?”
    “I’m sorry, I don’t speak english. Thanks for stopping by.”

  • Anon e mouse

    The Seed knows…

    Jukai, shame on you for not being up on the mighty “Stepping Razor”.

    Most importantly, why are we not discussing the really astonishing component of this story – THIS DUDE IS ONLY 37!!!! Look at the damn picture again!

  • http://funnygames.com oj da juicepop`

    Im gonna go see lebron on the 21st he is going to a kabbalah meeting, gonna get me a fat autograph on a basketball boy sell dat sh11t get me a sound system for car, yeaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh n11111gaaaaaa