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LeBron James -- The Coldest Cut of All

7/9/2010 5:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

LeBron James couldn't have possibly predicted just how much he'd piss off New Yorkers last night -- because now he's facing backlash from the most powerful Jewish deli ever.

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The world-famous Carnegie Deli -- home of the best rice pudding on Earth -- is sticking it to LeBron the best way it can ... by discontinuing a sandwich it named after the guy.

See, a few weeks ago ... when LeBron was toying with the emotions of New Yorkers by pretending to be interested in the Knicks, the deli created a mega-sandwich in his honor ... a foot-high turkey, pastrami, corned beef, brisket, American cheese, lettuce, tomato spectacle stacked on rye bread.

But now that LeBron dissed the Big Apple ... the deli is dumping the sando.

FYI -- the sandwich sold for $19.95 -- but some things money can't buy ... like loyalty.

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Ketielynn    

I think the discontinuing of the sandwich, burning the jersey and most of all the letter released from the Cav's owner are very distasteful. People are pissed because he did what was right for him and his family. Very POOR SPORTS!

1377 days ago
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Kspa14    

WHOOO CARES.... Leave the man alone.. after all its only basketball not brain surgery....geez..as for the big apple get over yourself

1377 days ago
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Connie    

Enough. Lebron is entitled to play where he wants. People need to stop being so uptight about this. Life goes on.

1377 days ago
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Philly Lady    

Loyalty has nothing to do with stupidity and the fact that people want to benefit off what they thought would be a windfall if he went to NY, well guess what $19.95 is way too high for a rat infested hoagie anyway. GO LeBron! Shutem’ down n their pockets.

1377 days ago
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Pamela    

If this is true, New Yorkers should be pissed. They look like fools!!!! I agree with Ketielynn. People get over it already. Enough with the sour grapes. Also, what fool would pay 19.95 for a freakin' sandwich???? Boo, New York and Cleveland!!!!!!!!!!! You people are acting like fools!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1377 days ago
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Hep    

Geez, I hated that place. How they've been in business all these years, I just don't know. How can you get famous for taking two slices of stale bread, cramming a pound of sandwich meat between them (and nothing else)and then serving it with no sides (oh, wait, there might have been a sad pickle) and then charging $20? I ended up giving three-quarters of my "sandwich" to a guy sleeping on a bench.

1377 days ago
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Radiodork    

Did you just call a sandwich a "sando"?

Go sit down.

You're an idiot.

1377 days ago
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Erik in Sacramento    

Hey TMZ.... LeBron James didn't play for the NY Knicks, he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers the past 7 years.

Thus, he pissed off CLEVELAND, not New York. Please change the story as it makes zero sense. Only one city is upset with him since he left Cleveland.

1377 days ago
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TMZ@Froggy.biz    

They'll name another Jewish sandwich after him in Maimi, the Jewish heaven capital of the world.

1377 days ago
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Jamie    

sick of all this stupidity! f**k the media

1377 days ago
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jason    

Or: "The most unwarmest cut of all".

1377 days ago
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Voted 4 Obama and Completed my Census    

He doesn't owe you NY sh*t. NY has loser teams.

1377 days ago
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Mercer    

"The world-famous Carnegie Deli -- home of the best rice pudding on Earth"

Sorry TMZ. I know you're LA based, so I'll excuse the error of judgment, but New Yorkers know Rice To Riches down in Soho has far better rice pudding than the Carnegie Deli. I seriously suggest you try it on your next visit.

1377 days ago
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Beautifulone    

WOW!!! Everyone is mad because he didn't want to play for them. And even sadder is the fact that it wasn't about the money...He is persuing his DREAM, to win a championship ring. WHAT A GREAT MOVIE!!! Kids, this is what it's about. It's not always about the money, it's about your dream come true!!! GO LEBRON, I HOPE YOU WIN YOUR CHAMPIONSHIP RING, YOU DESERVE IT

1377 days ago
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RM    

#6 HEP^^^ called it spot-on!!that place has the worst food!!they need to get over themselves and go back to being the "Tourist Trap"" that they are!!

1377 days ago
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