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When Is a Night Out with LeBron Partying and When Is It Tampering?

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Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News is in high dudgeon about reports that LeBron James spent Friday night in Manhattan partying with Jay-Z and Beyonce, when all other NBA owners were prohibited from making contact with the Cavaliers superstar til Midnight Thursday.

"It's interesting nonetheless that a small-piece owner of the New Jersey Nets in this case Jay-Z - can apparently spend the evening partying with LeBron James a week before free agency and somehow, it's not considered tampering," writes Sefko, noting that Mark Cuban was fined $100,000 for saying he's interested in signing James.

Of course, what Sefko doesn't report is the two have know each other since 1) before Jay-Z bought part of the Nets and 2) before LeBron was drafted. It could be worse. They could have been partying in Newark or Brooklyn!!