Mary J. Blige at NBA draft party

June 26, 2010

He's not a Knick yet, but LeBron James knows how to party like a New Yorker.

The NBA's most coveted free agent made a cameo appearance at Manhattan's Avenue nightclub Thursday night - and rubbed shoulders with singer Mary J. Blige and actor Jeremy Piven.

James, in a plaid shirt and black shades, looked all business as a security guard led him into the Chelsea hot spot.

Even as revelers raised cell phone cameras, James remained stonefaced. His diamond stud earring twinkled as the cameras flashed.

The NBA's reigning MVP loosened up later in the night, smiling wide as a brunette hottie danced beside him.

At one point, he hung his arm around a short-haired woman in a V-neck T-shirt and whispered into her ear.

James beamed when Blige grabbed the microphone and started belting. Piven joined her on stage and held the mic for the platinum blond diva.

The city is hoping to see a lot more of King James - and the Daily News has been leading the charge with a campaign urging him to sign with the Knicks.

James wouldn't just generate excitement - he'd drive revenue, too. It's estimated he'd bring in $57.8 million for New York if he comes here and leads his team to an NBA title in a deciding Game 7.


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