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week in review

The Week LeBron James Became a Free Agent

From the day he replaced Isiah Thomas, Donnie Walsh had been waiting for July 1, 2010, and the chance to make his pitch to LeBron James. And amid reports that LeBron was headed to Chicago — or is it Miami? — and that Joe Johnson would rather not play here, either, he made that pitch yesterday, and spent three hours doing so. (The Nets, taking a break from taunting the Knicks with strategically placed billboards, met with LeBron as well.) Among the Knicks' selling points: LeBron (somehow) could earn as much as $1.94 billion in New York. Take that, Cleveland! For now, we have one last weekend to daydream as we wait for a decision — which could maybe come on Monday. But what happened this week that didn't involve mysterious midnight deliveries to LeBron's house?

The World Cup continued without the United States, and now it will continue without Brazil.

The Yankees rallied against Jonathan Broxton, lost to Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez, then salvaged the last game against Seattle thanks to a late-inning A-Rod home run.

The Mets lost two of three in crazy Hiram Bithorn Stadium, then dropped the series opener in Washington.

The Rangers signed Martin Biron, then gave Derek Boogaard $6.6 million over four years, salary cap be damned.

Mixed Martial Arts did not become legal in New York State.

And Prince Harry fell off a horse at a polo match on Governors Island.

That's it for us. We'll be back Tuesday — unless there's LeBronews before then. And just to reiterate, LeBron, if you're reading this, we'd very much like you to come here. Please.

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