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James schmoozed with Dallas players in September of 2008, when the team was in Cleveland to play the Browns, a move slightly less incendiary than his wearing a Yankees hat to a New York-Cleveland postseason game, but still enough to draw some scrutiny. Braylon Edwards got his bloomers in a twist over the incident, saying after the game:
“LeBron [James] isn’t a Cleveland guy. LeBron only plays for the Cavaliers, and who knows if he even likes the Cavaliers? He doesn’t like the Indians. He doesn’t like the Browns."
What happened between LeBron's friend and Edwards after that, we'll let the courts decide; but James never lost any allegiance to the Cowboys. He was among a throng of celebrities to attend the Cowboys' first game at JerryWorld in 2009, a forgettable loss to the New York Giants.
That is, LeBron is a tried and true, card-carrying Cowboys fan, and the chance to play at the home of his childhood team--albeit on a hardwood floor raised 30-some inches off the actual playing surface--adds another element to the pre-All-Star excitement for the man they call "King James."
"It's going to be fun," said James, per the Dallas Morning News. "The home of the Cowboys makes it a lot more special to me because of how much I love and watch those guys every year. It's going to be fun."