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Credit ESPN.com

 

AKRON, Ohio -- LeBron James was cleared to play Wednesday by a judge who blocked a state ruling that stripped the high school basketball star of his eligibility.

 

James was ordered to serve a two-game suspension, which includes the one game he already missed. James can rejoin his team but must sit out one more game, Summit County Judge James Williams ruled. St. Vincent-St. Mary has four games left before the playoffs, and the school can decide which game James will miss.

 

The senior already missed one game after the Ohio High School Athletic Association declared him ineligible for accepting two free sports jerseys worth a total of $845.

 

Lawyers for the athletic association and James presented their arguments to the judge during a one-hour hearing.

 

Williams ordered the school to tell James by noon Thursday which game he will miss. The judge scheduled a preliminary hearing for Feb. 19, when he will decide whether to grant a permanent injunction or go to trial.

 

"Neither side is going to be happy,'' Williams said. "There are a number of issues the court wants to hear.''

 

James, who is expected to be the No. 1 pick in this year's NBA draft, and his team were scheduled to play Saturday in Trenton, N.J.

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