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Don’t kid yourself. Number 23 is as good as gone.

And it has nothing to do with LeBron James announcing months ago that he was changing his uniform number from 23 to 6.

Chicago or Miami,” says Charles Oakley, the former Knicks power forward. “Not New York. He’s leaving.”

Oakley has become a friend/mentor to theNBA‘s two-time MVP over the last few years. They have an Ohio connection – Oakley owns a home in the Cleveland suburbs – as well as a world-famous connection. Oakley is best friends with James’ idol, Michael Jordan. (LeBron is changing his number to honor Jordan.)

And if James signs a free agent contract with the Bulls or Heat in July, the Knicks may regret the day they never followed through with their plan to offer Oakley a job as a big-man coach. Oakley’s relationship with his former club ranges from cordial to estranged, and having him so close to the most prized free agent in nearly 20 years could be a detriment to the Knicks instead of an advantage.

“He wants to go someplace where he can win,” Oakley said following Cleveland’s Game 5 loss on Tuesday. “He’s been in the league, what, seven or eight years? It’s time for him to get over the hump.”

James has said repeatedly that winning is all that matters to him and that he will choose the team that gives him the best chance to win multiple championships. That may or may not be in Cleveland.

Late Thursday in Boston, James removed his best-selling Cavaliers jersey for the last time in the tunnel leading to the visiting team’s locker room. In an instant, James was free at last.

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