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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
LeBron excited to play in Brooklyn, kind of

By Mike Mazzeo

LeBron James is will play his first game in Brooklyn on Wednesday night.

"I'm not losing sleep over it," James said Tuesday, according to the Miami Herald. "It's not like yesterday."

James was referring to the team's White House visit on Monday.

Makes sense. Not like a regular-season game is going to trump meeting President Barack Obama after winning the championship a year ago.

James, who has averaged 20.5 points on 55.6 percent shooting along with 10.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists in Miami's two victories over the Nets this season, later tweeted Tuesday night: "Really looking forward to playing in the new Barclay Center tomorrow night."

In the summer of 2010, the Nets hoped James would be their Bridge to Brooklyn, the key element in their "Blueprint for Greatness." They made their sales pitch on the first day of free agency, but James elected to take his talents to South Beach instead.

Given that he has already made two NBA Finals appearances with Miami and won his first title, it appears he made the right decision.

D-WILL'S STATUS: Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo reiterated Wednesday that he's hopeful point guard Deron Williams (flu-like symptoms) will be able to play. Williams is still considered "probable."