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Thanks to LeBron, the Heat have a chance to go on a historic championship run.
In last year's playoffs, LeBron James finally put it all together. LeBron was a one-man wrecking crew, reaching a level of two-way dominance that the league hasn't seen since Michael Jordan was still lacing them up.
But this year is going to be even more important for LeBron, the Miami Heat and quite frankly, the league.
This season could go a long way in determining the future of the NBA for the next four or five years.
If you look at this year's Heat team, you could easily make the case that it's better than last year's team. Ray Allen was obviously a big get, and guys like Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers have gotten another year of experience. They're just better.
Most importantly, the Heat have LeBron James, who, as mentioned, hit a gear in last year's playoffs that no one else in the league could even come close to matching.
LeBron is 27 years old. He's been in the league for a while, but he's a freak athlete and has at least four or five great years left in him.
If he can hit that same level in this year's playoffs, then you might as well write off the next three or four championships to the Heat. Because unless someone like Kevin Durant, Chris Paul or even Carmelo Anthony is able to up their game, the Heat will go on a huge run. LeBron's just that good.
We saw him go supernova in last year's playoffs. This year, we'll see if he still wants it enough to get to that level again. This year, we'll see who's going to rule the NBA roost for the next few years.