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James makes decision: to open Twitter account

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By Associated Press
Wednesday, July 7, 2010

LeBron James has made one decision -- he joined Twitter.

The NBA's most ballyhooed free agent opened an account on the social networking site Tuesday. Publicist Keith Estabrook confirmed the moniker kingjames is indeed LeBron, and the first tweet appeared at 4:15 p.m.

"Hello World, the Real King James is in the Building," it read, before going on to credit New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul for pushing him to open a Twitter feed.

It was not known whether James was going to post his own messages or have someone do it for him. He had been reluctant to join Twitter or Facebook and had even joked in the past about how other athletes discussed their personal lives online.

Paul, one of James's closest friends, posted on Twitter at midday Tuesday that while he couldn't persuade the two-time MVP to tell him which team he'll sign with, he talked him into joining the service.

Less than an hour after Paul's tweet, James had nearly 18,000 followers -- even though he had yet to make a single post. He passed 90,000 before 4:30 p.m.

No answers from Wade

Dwyane Wade isn't ready to give any answers. So he's not going to take any questions.

Not yet, anyway.

His appearance at a Tuesday morning news conference in South Florida was postponed, the latest chapter in a free agency saga that has the Miami Heat on edge about the possibility of losing him to another team.

Wade's youth basketball camp for children was beginning Tuesday, and part of the day's itinerary was to include a question-and-answer session alongside Alonzo Mourning about the charity weekend they will headline in South Florida later this month.

Wade's side had concerns that free agency would be the only matter discussed at the news conference, and there had been internal discussions for several days about canceling the event.

Pistons sign Monroe

The Detroit Pistons have signed first-round draft pick Greg Monroe. Terms were not disclosed.


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