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How Does LeBron James' Decision Affect the Washington Wizards?

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In a basketball sense, this could be a bummer, especially considering Miami re-signed Chris Bosh and will probably re-sign Dwyane Wade. This adds another Eastern Conference team that could surpass the Washington Wizards this year and puts their repeat as a 5th seed this year in doubt, especially since they failed to  re-sign Trevor Ariza, who was a key cog for this year’s playoff team. The Hawks should be better this year as well, so there will still be a battle for the Southeast Division. Though, the division is not nearly a lock for either Miami or Atlanta, and if the Washington Wizards grab it, they have a free ride to the playoffs as a 4th seed, the East is more competitive which could cause the Washington Wizards to take a bit of a step back.

From an emotional standpoint and as a basketball fan, I am happy this is happening. I’m happy for the city of Cleveland and happy that the once dormant Wizards-Cavaliers rivalry is now likely back. As Wizards fans, our hatred for the team in wine and gold is what united us as fans in the Gilbert Arenas era, and with John Wall and Bradley Beal as the new stars in DC, Wizards fans will have yet another incentive to proudly cheer for our Washington Wizards.

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