Opponents have taken notice. "I've watched their preseason games, and I've been interested to see what types of actions they're going to run," says Chris Paul, the Hornets' All-Star guard. "They've got some nice stuff—some back screens for 'Bron, putting him in posts and pindowns. Those are going to be tough to defend against those guys."
Will the ball keep moving as promised? The answer won't be known until the later rounds of the playoffs next spring, after they've spent a season together and only the contenders are standing in their way. By then no one will be focusing on LeBron's decision or complaints of player collusion. Style will give way to substance, and all that will matter is whether Miami's Big Three made it work.
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