King James Holds Forth in Chicago This Week

Lebron James hosting party at The Shrine

By Marcus Riley
|  Monday, Mar 15, 2010  |  Updated 10:00 AM CDT
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The United Center won't be the only place LeBron James throws down this week when his Cavs take on the Bulls Friday.

The NBA superstar is throwing a bash at The Shrine Thursday night, meaning every big baller, shot caller and yes, NBA groupie within shooting distance of the South Loop will be angling to get in on the action.

"The Blackout" party runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and is hosted by King James himself, so expect to see plenty of other sporty types in the house from Bulls, Bears and other Cavs -- including, potentially Shaquille O'Neal.

But the most interesting question is whether Jay-Z, who performs at the United Center the same evening, will also walk the black carpet. Hova, a part owner of the New Jersey-soon-to-be-Brooklyn Nets, has been known to pop bottles with James in the past, and will certainly be one of the executives angling for James' services the NBA's free agent spending frenzy this summer.

In other words, the groupie meter is set to explode.

Pre-sold tickets are already sold out, but tickets can be purchased at the door for $25 or you can always RSVP for bottle service.

But whichever route you choose, be sure to get there early. It's the King's party so expect a jungle out there.

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