Bloomberg to Lebron: You're Gonna Love New York!

City Sets Its Sights on Hoop Star

By Katie Honan
|  Thursday, Jul 22, 2010  |  Updated 12:29 PM EDT
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Bloomberg to Lebron: You're Gonna Love New York!

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James gestures during the second half against the Boston Celtics during Game 6 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Thursday, May 13, 2010, in Boston. James is eligible to opt out of his contract this summer. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Mayor Bloomberg was probably rooting for the Celtics in their win against the Cleveland Cavaliers last night--and not just because
he's from Boston.

Like the rest of New York City, he's rooting for Cavaliers phenom Lebron James to come to the Knicks once he becomes a free agent on July 1st.

 "I think it would be great for New York if he comes here," Bloomberg said Friday on his weekly radio show.

"I love living in New York. My kids love living in New York. I think Lebron James would love living in New York," he added.

The Big Apple Mayor's comments are a contrast to those of Akron, Ohio Mayor Don Plusquelic, who is desperate to keep James in the state he was raised in.

"Who the hell would want to live in New York?" Plusquelic asked the Daily News this week, blind to the over 8 million people who chose to do so.

By contrast, Bloomberg was kind to the smaller state, choosing to take the high road by the Big Apple, calling it "the world's greatest stage."

King James would be a welcome boost to the lowly Knicks, who got off to their worst 10 game start this season in franchise They have not won a playoff series since the year 2000, and have not even made the playoffs in seven years.

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