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Lakers still the team to beat

LeBron's super team has a long road to follow before it's a legitimate contender

Updated: July 8, 2010, 10:08 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

There's a new Big Three standing in the way of the Lakers and a three-peat championship.

LeBron James announced Thursday he will join his buddies Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, hoping to validate his nickname of "The King" by winning a ring and unseating the Lakers from their throne.

Before it became official, Kobe Bryant addressed the new super squad with the Lakers firmly in its crosshairs on Wednesday from his camp in Santa Barbara, Calif.

"You put a group of ...

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