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Old 02-02-2011, 02:20 PM   #1 (permalink)

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LeBron not happy about the Magic

''The simple fact that it's a division opponent, that means a lot,'' James said. ''Trying to win your division is very key. And also playing exceptionally well on the road is definitely key. That definitely helps later on in the season. And being an Orlando team that basically said a lot of things about us in the offseason, that definitely adds a little bit to the fire.''

What James was referring to was the back-and-forth sparked by something Magic President Otis Smith said last July, just after the three stars aligned in Miami.

Smith's quote: ''I thought he was, I guess, more of a competitor.''

Heat President Pat Riley responded by saying that was an ''absolutely stupid'' remark. Magic coach Stan Van Gundy jumped in by wondering why Riley thought it was his place to make moral judgments. By the time the teams actually got around to playing in October, things cooled to a simmer, though James' comment Monday night served notice that all has not been forgotten.
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