KING OF MI­AMI: WHAT LEBRON'S MOVE COULD MEAN

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, and nine dead men will con­tend for world cham­pi­onships over the next decade but this al­liance doesn’t guar­an­tee that Mi­ami will even win the East­ern Con­fer­ence.

The Bos­ton Celtics re­main strong af­ter re-sign­ing and sign­ing free agent cen­ter . Or­lando is a strong, young team with the game’s best cen­ter in

. Chicago just up­graded its in­te­rior with . In short, the East just be­came a beast. Let’s see if this trio can achieve its goals.

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It means he just took a large step to­ward win­ning world cham­pi­onships, some­thing that eluded him over his first seven sea­sons. It also means he re­vealed him­self to be a tire­less pur­suer of the spot­light af­ter wit­ness­ing that cir­cus Thurs­day night.

Some peo­ple in Cleve­land re­ally hate him now — No. 23 jersey burn­ings in Cleve­land, re­ally? — but I un­der­stand a great ath­lete’s de­sire to win cham­pi­onships.

Be­sides the tal­ented Bulls, play­ing with Wade and Bosh gives him the best chance to get some hard­ware. I can’t blame him for his choice. Com­mis­sioner

said dur­ing the play­offs he hoped James would stay in Cleve­land but now that LBJ is on South Beach, the league just got sex­ier.

Mi­ami is a town with swag­ger and the Heat will be in ti­tle con­ver­sa­tions from now on be­cause the team’s nu­cleus is com­prised of three play­ers who gave up max deals to share the spot­light, and more im­por­tant, the ball.

James’ pop­u­lar­ity can only be helped with world ti­tles and the next time he steps on the court will be with the best cou­ple of team­mates he’s seen since the All-Star game.

Cleve­land mourns to­day but in the long run, the NBA will ben­e­fit from this move.

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