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Bloomberg: LeBron would 'love' living in NY

LeBron James listens to a question from a

LeBron James listens to a question from a reporter after his Cleveland Cavs were eliminated by the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals. (May 13, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday that if LeBron James asked what it was like to live in New York City, he would give the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar a “big sales pitch.”

The two-time MVP will be by far the most coveted prize when the NBA’s free agency period starts July 1.

One Twitter posting said, “Can we change the Bronx to LeBronx? Pretty please, at least until July 1.” The mayor’s office happily retweeted it, adding: “Good one!”

James and the Cavaliers fell short again in their effort to bring a title to Cleveland, getting eliminated from the Eastern Conference playoffs Thursday by the Boston Celtics, and fueling speculation that James’ days with the Cavs are over.

“Rumors are that both the Knicks and the Nets would like to get him. I would never take sides on that but I think it would be great for New York if he would come here,” Bloomberg said on his weekly show on WOR Radio.

“If asked, if he calls me and says ’What’s it like to live in New York, I’ll give him a big sales pitch for New York,” Bloomberg said.

“I love living in New York, my kids love living in New York, I think LeBron James would love living in New York and it is the world’s greatest stage,” the mayor added.

Meanwhile, a music video posted on features Clevelanders and Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland in a sing-along to the tune of “We Are the World.” The song’s lyrics include, “Please stay, LeBron. We really need you. No bigger market’s gonna love you half as much as we do.”

James grew up in Akron, Ohio, less than an hour’s drive south of Cleveland.

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