King James in The Garden?

How LeBron is giving his New York fans hope for 2010.

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"I've dreamed about playing well in this building," James admitted last season following his 50-point explosion. "To get a standing ovation in the greatest basketball arena in the world was a dream come true for me. It's one of the best things that ever happened to me."

Ah, that New York state of mind!

Last week, a segment of the overflow crowd donned T-shirts with the prayerful words: "LeBron James 2010: Change We Can Believe In."

James was not doing anything to tamp down expectations: "If you're a Knicks fan, you should keep an open mind," he said.

But he should, too. For every light on Broadway and all that. New York is a city of dreams that doubles as the headquarters of heartache. Ask Plax. Ask Starbury.

Glenn Minnis is a New York writer.