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Yankees or Indians? LeBron James has big decision to make


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CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James hasn't had to make a decision this big in years.

The NBA superstar planned to attend Thursday night's playoff game between the New York Yankees and Indians along with his Cavaliers teammates, who were at several postseason games a year ago when the Indians got to the World Series.

Back in 2007, James came to Progressive Field for a postseason game wearing a Yankees cap, which he flaunted during the game. He was widely criticized in Cleveland for the move, which came three years before his infamous decision to announce he was leaving as a free agent for Miami on national TV.

James rooted openly in the playoffs last year for the Indians, speaking to the crowd before one game and flexing for fans in Game 7 of the World Series when Cleveland's Rajai Davis hit a game-tying homer in the eighth inning.

Indians manager Terry Francona was reminded that James once pulled for the other side, but was certain he's changed allegiance.

"I had not remembered that, but I do now," Francona said, smiling before the series opener. "I'm hopeful that he won't be (cheering for the Yankees). How's that? I don't think I need to be telling LeBron what to do, but I think he'll be rooting for the Indians."

Yankees Game 2 starter CC Sabathia, who spent eight seasons with the Indians, feels James may be hiding his true feelings.

"I know he's a Yankee fan," Sabathia said. "But I think he has to put on a front for the city."

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