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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office is expected to formally announce the cancellation of the game Wednesday afternoon, according to two people familiar with the decision. They spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because it had not been announced. The news was first reported by Greg Anthony of NBA TV. Word comes a day after the NBA said the game would be played despite transportation and power issues throughout the city in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Barclays is the new home of the Nets and a $1 billion facility that is bringing pro sports back to Brooklyn. The league had assessed the damage and transportation issues and consulted with Bloomberg's office before spokesman Tim Frank said the game "will go on as scheduled Thursday night." USA Today
Hours before LeBron James becomes a free agent, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants him to know one major advantage of being a superstar in the Big Apple. The mayor says celebrities aren't bothered much in his city of more than 8 million people. The Cleveland Cavaliers forward is one of the most sought-after players ever to be a free agent in any sport. It becomes official at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time Thursday, and many cities want him. ESPN.com
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