Knicks talk doesn’t bother James

Published 2:35 am Thursday, December 4, 2008

LeBron James isn’t bothered by the unending onslaught of questions about his free-agent future. He’s sure his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates don’t mind them, either.

However, James thinks one team is tired of hearing about whether he’ll end up in New York.

‘‘It’s a distraction for the Knicks,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s not a distraction for us — we’re good.’’

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James’ plans in two years — he can hit the free-agent market on July 1, 2010 — have become a daily topic in New York. The Knicks are 8-9 and have already made two trades this season to clear salary-cap space so they can make a run at James, the biggest name in a stellar free-agent class that could include Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, Tracy McGrady, Steve Nash, Yao Ming, Dirk Nowitzki, Michael Redd and Ray Allen.

James has answered all the New York-related questions. He senses the Knicks are done with them.

‘‘Players on their team, they don’t want to hear about LeBron James or Chris Bosh coming to their team,’’ he said Wednesday night before playing the Knicks. ‘‘It’s a year and a half away, they got better things to do. For us, we’re all right. It’s not a problem for us.’’

James said he’s not surprised that the future free agents are getting so much attention, given the All-Stars who make up the group.

He knows the questions aren’t about to stop, so he’s not going to ignore them.

‘‘You give questions and you guys want us to answer them and when we don’t answer them, you get mad,’’ James said. ‘‘I’ve never said anything about being a Knick or being on any team in this league beside being here in Cleveland. I’ll leave it at that, and we’ll see what happens.’’