LeBron James seems good to go. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)
Watching Greg Oden step on an NBA court on Wednesday for the first time in four years, almost immediately throw down a dunk and (perhaps most importantly) run and jump a bit without incident was a feel-good story for just about everyone who watches and enjoys pro basketball. This first-quarter fast-break created, orchestrated and finished by Oden's Miami Heat teammates LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, though ... this probably made everybody involved with 29 other NBA franchises feel at least a little bit not-so-good:
James and Wade combined for 52 points on 20-for-34 shooting as the Heat beat the New Orleans Pelicans, 108-95, on Wednesday. Miami's got one more preseason game coming up Friday night against the Brooklyn Nets. They don't seem like they need it. Bring on the Chicago Bulls and the title defense, please.
Also, I'd be remiss if I didn't inform you that this wasn't the only give-and-go in which LeBron was involved on Wednesday:
Front-row seats come with all kinds of perks, man.
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