Let's Admire LeBron's Talent

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I’d been quietly pulling for the Miami Heat to win the title since April -- and not because I find LeBron James to be sympathetic, or because I like the Heat’s brand of basketball, or even because I have a lingering attachment to the Heat after covering them in Miami during the 2010-11 season.

I simply wanted it all to be about basketball again, because the public exercise of trying to probe James’ inner life had grown tiresome. The ease with which epithets like choke artist, fraud and much worse have been thrown at James has always been petty and, when examined closely, they usually rang false. In recent months, those takedowns had also become boring, and the prospect that they’d continue to dominate the NBA for at least another season was excruciating.

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