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Pick of the day: LeBron at 18

Miami.

Yeah, I know.

Do I care? Not a bit. But all day, I was semi-conscious of live shots outside Madison Square Garden on the television by my desk featuring a perky correspondent whose job, I assume, was to channel the sense of anxiety and anticipation among Knicks' fans. The Choice was also the subject of an NPR story on my evening drive to pick up my daughter. And as of 11:36 p.m., when I sat down to write this, news of the decision was splashed over every website and news channel as if it were the moon landing.

I am not a sports fan, but I am aware that athletes can be good fodder for great writing. High on my nowhere-near-comprehensive list of favorite athlete stories are Michael Leahy's amazing pieces about Michael Jordan, Sally Jenkins' devastating profile of Kwame Brown, and John McPhee's classic profile of Bill Bradley.

I figured that enough ink has been spilled over LeBron James at this point in his career that there must be a good profile of him out there. It didn't take me long to find one. So for those of you who didn't get your fill yesterday or the day before and are not yet exhausted by the many hours you spent breathlessly scanning tweets, I give you LeBron at 18.

By Annys Shin  | July 9, 2010; 9:24 AM ET
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Comments

Lebron James has lost all of my respect as a basketball player. All NBA legends from Bird, Jordan, Magic,and now Kobe have fought hard to win a NBA championship. Getting a NBA championship is not easy task to do but with him going to the Heat to try to win a championship with Wade is the easy way out. You have to try to make the NBA season more competitive with other teams as well so they can have a chance to win a championship. You need Bosh, Wade and James to defeat Bryant for a championship. Look at Boston as a prime example with all the talent they have since 2008 and only won one championship. The Lakers on the other hand have placed great role players around Kobe and he has won 2 without Shaq.I just think there is too much talent in Miami for them to prevail to win multiple championships. You still have to defeat the defending NBA champions the Lakers!!!!

Posted by: kwa02 | July 9, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

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