LeBron James showed up in New York on Monday, part of a USA Basketball media function, and continued to bat his eyes at the city in the run up to his potential free agency in 2010.
When asked to name his favorite city he said: "New York."
"Brooklyn," James said. "Brooklyn is definitely a great place here in New York City, and some of my best friends are from Brooklyn, so I stick up for them."
Brooklyn is where the New Jersey Nets are expected to move to in 2010 (at least if community groups don't blow it). The franchise is owned, in part, by James' friend Jay-Z, and should be stock full of young, complimentary talent and a King's ransom in salary cap room.
James knows all of this. His answers weren't by accident or without meaning, no more than was wearing a New York baseball cap from an Indians-Yankees playoff game last fall just an expression of pinstriped-fandom.
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