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The LeBron Factor

By Matthew Yglesias

"The LeBron Factor"

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Doesn’t it seem a bit premature to be talking about where LeBron James will land in 2010? At the moment, Cleveland is posting the third-best record in the Association and their point differential is actually better than Boston’s. What’s more, the Cavs typically work somewhat better as a playoff team than as a regular season squad, because they can squeeze even more MPG out of the King. The Lakers are definitely still the favorites, but the interesting LeBron question of the moment is whether he’ll win an NBA Championship this coming spring, not what free agent moves he’ll make.

Meanwhile, if the guy’s making a max salary playing for a contending team in his home state, why’s he going to leave?

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