Obama: Great if LeBron stays in Ohio

Updated: June 4, 2010, 4:02 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- The president is on the record again about LeBron James -- and this time, the people of Cleveland may be happier about it.

President Barack Obama told CNN on Thursday that it would be a terrific story if the basketball superstar stayed with the Cleveland Cavaliers instead of switching teams as a free agent.

Said Obama: "That's a town that has had some tough times." The president said it would be a wonderful statement to Cleveland if James said: "I'm going to make a commitment to this city."

The president stuck to his point that James needs to find a winning situation with a good team and coach.

But he did not gently nudge James toward the Chicago Bulls, Obama's hometown team, as the president did in an interview last month.

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