Ever since the jaw-dropping Game 6 in Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals — the “LeBron Game” — teams on which LeBron plays are 19-1. That means the Olympics, the run-up Team USA games, and the Finals. Dwyane Wade knows the guy pretty well, what with wooing him to South Beach in 2010 (actually well before) and seeing Bron take over the Heat during these playoffs. So we don’t read into it as a friend solely pumping up his buddies tires when he says, “I think we’ll see a better LeBron James.” What does a better LeBron mean to the NBA world? Is it an even more consistent triple-double threat, or would he mean a player more aggressive to the rim, ala his play in the Finals? We can’t wait to see and it’s nice to know training camps are just six weeks away. … According to a panel of 104 ESPN voters, the very worst player in the NBA is Eddy Curry. And good looking out if you’re Vernon Macklin: You’re no longer the third-worst player in the NBA! Now you’re the 23rd worst per ESPN’s ratings. … If you come out to the Battle of the Boroughs, you’re going to see some sick Nike Hyperposites. … Speaking of Nike, one of its most important stars in its stable of athletes is Kobe Bryant. On the heels of winning his last Olympic gold medal he’s touring China this week as part of his seventh straight summer trip there. He says it all started in 1998 when the country showed him love, so now he tries to go once a summer. And if you don’t think he’s loved, guess again. People are lined up 50 deep to get a photo of the Lakers’ star. … We’re out like Eddy Curry.
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