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LeBron enjoying a star turn with the rich and famous

AP , CLEVELAND

LeBron James spent part of the past week shooting hoops with a talk show host and eating cheeseburgers with one of the world's richest men.

During a taped appearance on Late Night With David Letterman that was scheduled to air yesterday, the Cavaliers' star forward took on his host in a 5-shot competition outside the Ed Sullivan Theater in Manhattan.

James fired up his shots from 3-point range while Letterman took his from the free throw line. Before the matchup, Letterman interviewed James on subjects including his high school days, his ascension to NBA stardom and his play for the US team at the recent world championships.

A few days earlier, James had lunch in Omaha, Nebraska, with billionaire Warren Buffett. Keith Estabrook, a spokesman for James, said the two met over milkshakes, adding the player has "great respect for Mr. Buffet."

James, who signed a three-year, US$60 million contract extension with the Cavaliers in July, may have been seeking some off-the-court business advice from Buffett, the self-made billionaire investor.

Last year, in an interview with the Associated Press, James said one of his primary goals was to "be the richest man in the world." James, who will turn 22 in December, already has endorsement deals worth an estimated US$150 million.

The Omaha World-Herald reported that Buffett wore a Cavaliers' jersey with "Buffett" on the back during the lunch.

James was first invited to be a guest on Letterman's show when he was in high school at Akron's St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. But scheduling conflicts delayed him from making his late-night debut until it was taped on Monday night.

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