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Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Will Jerry Jones help Mavs woo LeBron?

By Tim MacMahon

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones counts Mark Cuban and LeBron James among his many friends.

Might Jerry help his business buddy Cuban's all-out efforts to recruit LeBron?

"I don’t think that Mark or the Mavericks really need me in any way," Jones said after the NFL owners' meetings. "They stand tall with what they could bring to the table for any basketball player, LeBron included."

Oh, I'm sure Cuban would welcome all the help he could get.

Cuban is well aware of LeBron's passion for the Cowboys. It's no coincidence that Cuban has publicly pondered the idea of the Mavs playing occasional home games in Cowboys Stadium, even mentioning that it could help attract free agents.

LeBron and Jerry first met when the Cowboys opened the 2008 season in Cleveland, a game King James attended with a Cowboys cap on his head. LeBron was a guest in Jerry's suite for the Cowboys Stadium grand opening and had the owner of his favorite football team speak during his All-Star weekend party.

"Certainly, I appreciate that he’s a Cowboys fan," Jerry said. "He’s a credit. He’s a credit to sports and certainly the NBA. But Mark Cuban doesn’t need me to do anything but carry his bag for him."