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“Before, my biggest knock on LeBron was he was just playing off his God-gifted talent,” Johnson said during a conference call before Game 5. “He was just the best athlete. But he didn’t play with his head to match that. Now he’s playing with his talent and with his head, and wow, watch out. This guy is going to set the league on fire for a long time. … I know there was an earlier question about how dominant has his performance been. We look to see this from LeBron for years and years to come.”

We’d better.

After all, he promised “not two, not three, not …” well, you get the idea.


Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke(at) and follow him at