LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and the Six Stars Who Will Own the NBA in 2013

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LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and the Six Stars Who Will Own the NBA in 2013
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Most people don't start watching the NBA until football is over, and it's really not until the playoffs begin that professional basketball takes center stage. Everything that has happened thus far in the season is prologue.

The real story is yet to come.

As for which players will be putting their permanent stamps on the 2012-13 season, some of the characters are obvious. The tale of the Eastern Conference has started and ended with the Miami Heat and New York Knicks, with 2003 draft mates LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony drenched in glory.

What has already transpired will mean little, however, if their early success doesn't translate to the postseason. Only those who rule in the playoffs will become forever tied to the year 2013.

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