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LeBron Ready to Be a Champion

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Forget for a moment the painful grimace on the face of LeBron James. When he was carried off the court late Tuesday by teammate Juwan Howard and trainer Jay Sabol, isn't that how an enduring moment from a defining career turn, rich with symbolism, is supposed to look?

It appeared that way Wednesday, the day after, when the buildup to Game 5 revolved less around the minutiae of matchups and the shortcomings of Oklahoma City than it did the inevitable crowning of King James.

Surprisingly, the one who was most comfortable welcoming the possibility was James, who after walling himself off for much of his career – including these playoffs – rolled out a red carpet into his inner thoughts when he met with reporters after practice.

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