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LeBron James rooting for Indians but remains a Yankees fan

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LeBron James is not surprisingly pulling for the Cleveland Indians to top the Chicago Cubs in the World Series. But if the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar is being perfectly honest, he nevertheless remains a New York Yankees fan at heart.

James has been passionate in his support of the local Indians squad as they made their run to the Fall Classic. On Monday, though, James made it clear he’s still a Yankees fan, too, something he’s been since his childhood.

“I’m a supporter,” James said at Monday’s Cavs practice, via FOX43. “I’m a supporter of winners, man. …As a kid, I needed inspiration to get out of the situation I was in. I love the Bulls, I love the Cowboys, I love the Yankees. Those are winning franchises. Those are people I like because they gave me hope of being a winner. That’s a part of the reasons why I have always loved those things, but I’m definitely in support of what the Indians are doing.”

Tuesday will mark an exceptionally significant day in Cleveland. Not only will the Indians host the Cubs at Progressive Field in Game 1, the Cavaliers will raise their championship banner and receive their title rings ahead of their season opener against the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena about a half-hour before the first pitch down the street.

“It’s a special day for our fans in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio to be able to live and enjoy for a day,” James said. “They get an opportunity to see us get our rings and the opportunity to see the Indians host Game 1 of the World Series. It’s a game that will go down in history. For anyone that lives here, they will never forget it. I’m happy to be a part of it. If our game gets done in time, I’ll watch the rest of it for sure.”

And then, once the Indians’ pursuit of championship glory comes to a close, win or lose, it seems James will go back to rooting for the Yankees, apparently.