LeBron James expresses sympathy for victims of Hurricane Sandy

Miami Heat's LeBron James sits on the bench Miami Heat's LeBron James sits on the bench while wearing the new Championship Gold colorway of his Nike Lebron X shoe during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Miami. (Oct. 30, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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LeBron James feels for all the people affected by Hurricane Sandy. But he doesn't feel any differently about the Knicks.

After Miami practiced Thursday, James, who spurned the Knicks in the summer of 2010 and knocked them out of the playoffs last season, was asked what he thinks of the moves they made in the offseason.

"I don't really get too involved in other people's teams, especially the Knicks," James told reporters in Miami.

James will see the new-look Knicks up close Friday night at the Garden after some travel hiccups caused by Sandy.

The Heat flew into Newark Thursday evening and it took the team close to three hours to get to their midtown hotel because of traffic heading into Manhattan.

At one point, Dwyane Wade tweeted, "3 hour traffic just to get into the NY city . . . #C'monMan." Wade later clarified what he meant, and tweeted, "We shouldn't B hre 2 play a basketball game when theirs so many families obviously still R affected by #Sandy."

Earlier in the day, James expressed his concern for those Sandy impacted.

"I think it's very unfortunate," he said. "It's a natural disaster so there's nothing anyone can do about it. All the families that either lost loved ones or their house has been destroyed, whatever the case may be, our prayers go out to them."

Shane Battier said the Heat could be useful to help some fans blow off steam.

"The people of the tri-state area need a place to yell," Battier said, "so we're here for them."

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