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Continued: 'The ultimate finish': James says playing with Wade, Bosh for several more years intriguing

  • Article by: TIM REYNOLDS , AP Basketball Writer
  • Last update: June 25, 2013 - 5:15 PM

If Riley, Spoelstra, managing general partner Micky Arison and salary-cap guru Andy Elisburg find a way to improve the roster, then James — who plays just about every position on offense and defends them all on defense — certainly wouldn't complain.

Still, it says something that he's not demanding upgrades, either.

"My mindset is at a point where there is no relief," James said. "I love the burden. I love what I have to do for this team to win. If it happens and we get someone who relieves something from me as far as a big or a wing guy or something, then it'd be good for our team. But I'm not going up to those guys or approaching this summer saying 'I need help.' I'm coming back saying if we come back with this roster, we're going to compete for a championship."

The way he sees it, if he gets better and the Heat get healthier and other players find ways to improve, then he likes his chances next year.

"This year coming, which will be here soon, that's our focus," James said. "Our focus is on how we're going to get better this year coming up, and how we're going to prepare to be better with all these other teams getting better, to be able to keep that trophy here."

So he gets one ring when next season starts, and another a couple months beforehand, when he and Brinson finally tie the knot.

He's let his fiancée do most of the planning, though James has been involved in some decisions. His approach has been steadfast since proposing shortly after the clock struck midnight and the calendar flipped to Jan. 1, 2012 — it's her day.

"I'm involved enough to where everything's going to go right," James said. "The most important person is Savannah. She's happy, then I'm happy. That's all that matters. I don't really care about nothing else. I don't really care about nobody else there on that day besides her."

Then comes a new season — and the same questions he heard going into his infamous 'Decision' summer of 2010, when he left Cleveland for Miami.

"I've been in this position before," James said. "I've heard it before. It can't get any worse than my season before I became a free agent in 2010."

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